Houston Waive Rookie Tarik Black

By Tamberlyn Richardson

In a bit of a shocker Adrian Wojnarowski reports: Rockets waive rookie Tarik Black to make room for Josh Smith on the roster

Yahoo Sources: Houston waives Tarik Black, clearing roster spot to sign Josh Smith. http://t.co/BPbCUbM10t

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 26, 2014

Black averaged 4.2-points, 5.1-rebounds this season in the 25-games he appeared for the Rockets.

In our earlier article we looked at the possible players who Houston would consider to cut from the roster settling on Joey Dorsey, Tarik Black and Alexey Shved.

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Personally I thought Joey Dorsey made the most sense given Black had started at center in 12-games during Dwight Howard’s injury absence. Further, Black is a rookie who has a big upside with room to grow offensively as he gains experience.

Perhaps what pushed the Rockets in the direction of Black over Dorsey is  exactly that fact: inexperience. Should Howard need to miss additional games this season due to injury the fact Dorsey is more seasoned may have been the reason that pushed Black ahead of him.The other aspect could be financial in that Houston have guaranteed Dorsey a contract of $948,163 this season and $1,015,421 next season.

Wajnarowski’s reported Houston was trying to shop Black in an effort to move him directly to another team, but were unsuccessful.

With Black performing well in Dwight’s absence there will surely be teams who’ll pick up the rookie as many teams are always looking to shore up their front courts. Obvious candidates would be Dallas who lost Brandan Wright in the trade to get Rondo and Cleveland who recently lost Anderson Varajao due to an Achilles tear.

It’s unfortunate to see Black leave given his upside, but were sure he’ll find a landing spot shortly and we wish him well in his future endeavors.