Uthoff was acquired earlier this summer from the Dallas Mavericks for cash considerations, and because he couldn’t be traded for two months, it was thought that the Rockets were actually interested in seeing what Uthoff had to offer, rather than including him in any prospective Carmelo Anthony deal.
But Uthoff barely played during the Summer League, logging just 25 total minutes of action, and now the Rockets have sent him packing before his $200,000 salary became fully guaranteed.
The 6’9” forward was a success story, sticking with the Mavs after going undrafted in 2016, but he ended up playing in only 9 games for Dallas. He finished with middling averages of 4.4 points and 2.6 rebound in 12.8 minutes per game.
It was originally thought that the Rockets were interested in him as a potential replacement for Kyle Wiltjer, who went to the L.A. Clippers as part of the deal for Chris Paul, but the Rockets obviously didn’t like what they saw from Uthoff.
Now just several weeks late, both Wiltjer (who was released by the Clippers on July 15) and Uthoff are both out of jobs.
Godspeed, Jarrod. It was nice (hardly) knowing you.