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Rockets continue to clear cap space, release Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks

Jun 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Looking up and down the roster of the Houston Rockets, there are a lot of guys there with smaller deals or team options.

That’s by design, of course, in order to maintain maximum financial flexibility with the hopes of landing a top-level free agent — like Dwight Howard, for example.

The latest moves, announced by Rockets GM Daryl Morey, clear even more salary cap space so the team can eventually have enough room to offer Howard the max contract he’ll require in free agency.

That’s Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks, who are now unrestricted free agents.

There will be some interest around the league for Delfino’s skill set, which includes serviceable three-point shooting and perimeter defense. He averaged 10.6 points in 25.2 minutes per game off the bench for Houston last season.

Brooks has bounced around a bit recently, but he does offer some speed and scoring ability that teams may be able to utilize in a backup role if the price is right.

Houston has one more transaction pending, and that’s to try and trade Thomas Robinson without taking back any salary in return — which is something they’ve been trying to do for a month now. That’ll be the last piece of the puzzle from a cap perspective to prepare for what the team hopes will be Howard’s eventual arrival.

  1. quickrespond - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    really hope Spurs land him, could use TRob with Blair heading out. MAKE IT HAPPEN SA

  2. htownred34 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I hope we end up keeping Robinson and maybe give him some quality minutes next year, he’s a top 5 pick who hasn’t gotten a chance to show his skill set.

  3. thekingdave - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Is it possible that Sacramento dumped him for a reason? He’s a tweener who’s too small to play the 4. He was great at Kansas, but it’s not translating to the next level. The Rockets went with Terrence Jones down the stretch. The opportunity for Robinson was there, he just didn’t seize it.

    • casualcommenter - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      It’s fair to say he could be the victim of circumstances – he was drafted by a team that spent in the 2012-2013 season in disarray, then traded to a team that immediately began eyeing a max-contract player in free agency.

      That being said, if he were truly stellar either in practice or in games, teams wouldn’t be so eager to trade him away, even with other factors at play.

      I’m still rooting for the guy, but when a team like the Rockets can’t find anyone to take him off their hands, that’s not good.

  4. shanelsweet - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    The best teams can’t afford high draft picks. That’s by design per the heavily negotiated CBA. Be thankful Houston has a chance to win next year with Hardin, Lin, Parsons and the addition of D12. Most teams don’t have any chance at all.

    • blueballzny - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Did you really include Lin in that group? His terrible contract and even worse decision making is only going to hold your team back.

      • danielcp0303 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        People who think Lin has a terrible contract are uninformed. His cap hit is 8.3 mil for the next two seasons. There’s a long list of terrible contracts, and Lin doesn’t compare.

  5. eboneseagles - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I’d like the knicks to take a look at Brooks and (if they can get a good deal) Trob too.

  6. kb2408 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    @shanel, “counting your chickens before they hatch”, aren’t you? And even if Dwight does sign with Houston what exactly will they win? They still wouldn’t be better than the Spurs and maybe OKC, just to name two teams. Be careful what you wish for. Dwight acted immature with a player of Kobe’s status in the locker room, if he goes to Houston and things don’t go his way there is not a player on that roster to keep him in line. Furthermore, the Rockets offense is similar to the LAKERS. Harden’s going to have the ball in his hands as much as Kobe did, and if I’m correct he averaged less assists than Kobe, so what’s going to happen if Dwight doesn’t get enough shots? Honestly, I think he’s staying with the LAKERS so this is a moot point anyway.

  7. sportsnut101 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    If they got harden before free agency. They would of passed on Lin that’s a def Lin contract is bad next yr when it’s 15 mil this season coming its only 5

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      No, the way Lin’s contract is structured he gets $8.3 million a year from the Rockets, the heavy back end was a poison pill if the offer had been matched.

  8. chunkala - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    It really seems that people on PBT really love Lin for some reason. Whether its 8m or 15m, its too much money for such a terrible player. Just goes to show you how bad the Knicks organization is. They could have got a few good players if they traded him at the peak of Linsanity.

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