As the Rockets round out their roster, they’ve decided to waive two more players. Could this mean more moves are on the horizon?
The Rockets have waived guard Chris Chiozza and center Deyonta Davis, opening up two more roster spots.
These moves come with very little surprise, especially in the case of Chiozza. This is not to say he won’t latch on somewhere, as he’s just 23 years old, but the Rockets just don’t need another guard. They already have stars Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but also have Austin Rivers and any combination of Chris Clemons and/or Shamorie Ponds. Not to mention Eric Gordon, who they also could wisely give minutes when Westbrook and Harden aren’t on the floor, especially if they want to rest Harden and Westbrook per load management.
Chiozza most recently played for the Rockets in the Summer League posting averages of 9.8 points and 6.4 assists per game, which ranked second in the Summer League, on 53% shooting. It would seem that Chiozza will likely go back to the G-League, as he posted averages of 13.2 points/7.3 assists/40.9% shooting from three last year in the G-League and would be gladly welcomed back.
Deyonta Davis could possibly get a camp invite somewhere, as he’s played three years in the NBA posting career averages of 12.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes. The Rockets actually don’t currently have much depth in regards to their bigs, as they essentially only have Clint Capela and Tyson Chandler as bigs, which makes me think they could possibly be adding another big.
Last season, the Rockets turned to Kenneth Faried, Capela and Nene as their bigs so I’d anticipate they will want to go three deep again at the Center position. Obviously the 36 year old Tyson Chandler can’t be expected to play more than 16 minutes per game at his age, which is what he gave the Lakers last season.
These types of roster decisions also illustrate what the Rockets are currently thinking in regards to non-guaranteed deals. They can sign someone to a non-guaranteed contract and if a player goes into camp and doesn’t make the team, there is no financial consequence to the Rockets, which makes the Anthony Bennett and Ben McLemore moves more logical.
It’ll be interesting to see how the tail end of the roster shapes up!