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Rockets to waive F/C Gary Clark, guarantee Isaiah Hartenstein’s contract

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The Rockets made a decision regarding their future bigs.

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets will waive Gary Clark.

By waiving Clark, it appears the Rockets will guarantee Isaiah Hartenstein’s contract for the season.

In order to avoid paying the luxury tax, the Rockets were pressed to make a decision regarding the futures of Gary Clark and Isaiah Hartenstein, both of whom had guarantee dates scheduled for today.

Earlier in the season, Clark was part of the rotation, but in recent weeks, Hartenstein would usurp those minutes.

In his last four games since re-joining the rotation, Hartenstein has averaged 11 points and nine rebounds and was eventually tabbed as the Rocket the team would like to further develop.

It’s a shame for Clark, who has not played bad when given opportunities this season.

Clark received a three-year contract last season after playing very well on his two-way contract the Rockets signed him to after going undrafted in the 2018 Draft.

This season, Clark is averaging 3.9 points per game while shooting north of 35 percent from the three-point line.

Clark should be picked up by an NBA team in the coming days, hopefully receiving more playing time and a better opportunity to develop.

With Clark being waived, the Rockets have an open roster spot, which I expect them to keep until the buyout market opens up after next month’s Trade Deadline.