The Rockets have waived guard Remi Yusuf, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insider reports (Twitter link). The guard’s minimum salary deal was non-guaranteed, so Houston won’t be on the hook for any salary as a result of this move. Waiving Yusuf will reduce the Rockets’ roster count to 18 players.
It’s unclear what the exact motivation for the team to release Yusuf prior to the start of training camp is. Former Nets executive Bobby Marks (Twitter links) speculates that Yusuf was originally inked to allow the Rockets to sign Denzel Livingston, Will Cummings, and Chris Walker to Exhibit 9 contracts. As Marks points out, teams need to have 14 players signed prior to being able to ink players to such deals.
Yusuf, a native of Nigeria, played at Texas A&M-Kingsville before going undrafted in 2006, and he spent time last season playing with SKP Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.