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5 Times the Houston Rockets cut ties during the season

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With the Houston Rockets deciding to release veteran forward Ryan Anderson during the season, it’s worth re-visiting five other times the Rockets made similar decisions in the past.

The Houston Rockets have decided to release veteran forward Ryan Anderson, who was in his second stint with the team. Anderson became a starter for the Rockets during the 2016-17 season and shot 40 percent from deep the following season, although he was pulled from the starting lineup in favor of P.J. Tucker.

The Rockets traded Ryno away at the start of the 2018-19 season and he bounced around between the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat. Anderson and the Rockets were re-united at the start of the 2019-20 season, as the Rockets announced they were bringing back the fan favorite.

This time, Ryno’s stint in the Space City didn’t last as long, as Anderson was waived after only thirteen games. Anderson’s bread and butter has been his ability to shoot the 3-ball, but he got off to an ice-cold start from deep by shooting just 20 percent from downtown, which surely didn’t help his cause of staying on the roster.

While sudden, this is far from the Rockets’ first time making a move to part ways with a member of the team during the season, as the Rockets did something similar as recently as last season, with Carmelo Anthony.

With the Rockets abruptly releasing Anderson, it’s worth taking a look back at five other memorable occasions in which the Rockets released a member of the organization. Let’s get started.

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