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The Houston Rockets have waived swingman James Nunnally to make room for free-agent pickup Kenneth Faried, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Rockets were able to agree to a trade to send Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, opening a roster spot. But the league offices were closed Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day — which means the trade cannot be official until Tuesday.
Per Wojnarowski, the Rockets wanted to have Faried available for Monday night’s game at the Philadelphia 76ers, creating a need to waive Nunnally, who was in the middle of a 10-day contract.
“Faried cleared waivers after a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will play significant minutes at center with the injury to Clint Capela,” Wojnarowski reported.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni indicated to reporters he was upset that Nunnally lost his job because the Anthony trade had to be put on hold.
“It’s not right,” D’Antoni said.
Nunnally, 28, is 6-foot-7 and has bounced around pro basketball since 2012. He appeared in two games with the Rockets and scored a total of nine points. He also appeared in 13 games with the Timberwolves this season and averaged 2.1 points on 43 percent shooting.