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Houston Rockets: Team cuts four players from the roster

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: Chris Johnson
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: Chris Johnson

The roster for the Rockets is starting to shape up as they cut four players from the team.

With the season starting on Tuesday, the Rockets are starting to cut some players off of their roster. After letting go of Shawn Long earlier in the preseason, the team cut it down to 16 last night.

Let’s take a look at who will not be with Houston this season:

Isaiah Taylor

This one was the most shocking of the cuts. It appears that the Rockets would rather stick with Bobby Brown as the backup point guard this season. Taylor made some noise in the Summer League but disappointed in the preseason. The Rockets are deciding to go with the veteran Brown.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson was a late addition to the preseason roster. He is a great shooter but hardly played or got a chance to prove himself. He has been a staple in the rotation for the G-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the last few years, maybe one more season in that league will help him.

George de Paula

George de Paula was an undrafted free agent who has some potential on both ends of the court. Hopefully, he finds a team that will take a chance on him and he can succeed in the league someday.

Tim Quarterman

Originally signed to make salaries match in a potential trade for a superstar, Quarterman made it all the way through the preseason before the Rockets cut him. He should find someone who will sign him.

Rockets waive Isaiah Taylor, Tim Quarterman, George de Paula, Chris Johnson. Troy Williams, Nanu Onuaku, as expected, make roster.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 13, 2017

The team also signed Danuel House Jr., but likely only for him to be on the G-League team. He will likely be cut in the coming days.

If my calculations are correct, then the Rockets will have one more player to cut (not including House). Demetrius Jackson is still on the roster, it could possibly be him next.

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