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The Houston Rockets cleared a roster spot when they waived Danuel House on Tuesday and may use that spot to facilitate a trade, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“The Rockets are seeking a deal this week, in time to possibly include a player involved in another trade before the Feb. 7 deadline,” Feigen reported, citing a source.
“The decision to waive House could indicate confidence that a deal will be made, though it comes at the risk that House would be picked up on waivers.”
While no one player was mentioned as a potential target, the Rockets have been seeking help at both the shooting guard and small forward spots.
They reportedly have been open to moving forward Marquese Chriss and injured backup point guard Brandon Knight, both acquired in an August trade with the Phoenix Suns.
The Rockets expressed an interest in Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith over the summer, but Smith is no longer with the Cavs. It’s hard to envision the Rockets wanting to deal for him now, though general manager Daryl Morey has been a known risk-taker.
The Rockets also still must officially waive Carmelo Anthony. They are expected to make that move in the next seven-to-10 days.