Morey sent backup point guard Tyler Ennis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brazilian backup point guard Marcelo Huertas. The Rockets promptly waived — or soon will — Huertas to create cap space.
The move appears to be part of a still developing strategy to make an offer to a veteran free agent who gets bought out of his current contract. The hottest name being bandied about on Twitter is center Andrew Bogut, who was dealt from Dallas to Philadelphia in the closing hours of the trade deadline for Nerlens Noel.
The Rockets now have $3.5 million in cap room to sign players who have been brought out.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 23, 2017
Ennis barely played while backing up James Harden and Patrick Beverley at point guard. He was officially posting 1.9 ppg and 1.1 apg in 31 games.
Ennis was on an expiring $1.73 million deal. His contract included a team option for next season at $2.6 million, which surely would have been declined. The Rockets acquired Ennis in the offseason by trading Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks. He played only when Houston was missing Patrick Beverley, and now that Lou Williams is in town, they don’t even need him for that anymore
Huertas is on a $1.5 million contract. Waiving the 33-year-old point guard invalidates the next year of his contract. Effectively giving the Rockets an extra $200,000 in cap space to seek free agents and a roster spot.
Huertas contract was $1.5m and $1.6m. The 2nd year was non-guaranteed and Houston will be off the hook for next season once waived.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
The former Laker (and now former Rocket) has been a mainstay of the Brazilian national team, but never got a foothold in the NBA. He’s averaging only 2.7 ppg and 2.3 apg in just 10.3 mpg over 23 total games.
To my untrained eye, his play reminded me of former Rocket Vassilis Spanoulis. Or as Daryl Morey would call him, “immediately waivable.”