Rockets Release Forward Ryan Anderson

2:04pm: The Rockets have officially waived Anderson, the team’s PR department tweets.

12:30pm: The Rockets will waive forward/center Ryan Anderson, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It’s an uninspiring and swift end to Anderson’s second stint with the franchise. He signed a partially guaranteed contract after being waived by Miami under the stretch provision. Anderson received a $500K guarantee on his $2,564,753 salary when he made the opening night roster.

Anderson is still collecting on the four-year, $80MM deal that Houston gave him in the summer of 2016. He spent two years with the team before being traded to Phoenix last August in a salary dump. The Suns shipped him to Miami in February and he was waived in July.

Anderson played just 14 minutes this season and remained glued to the bench despite the team being shorthanded last week due to injuries, including a concussion suffered by starting center Clint Capela.

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9 thoughts on “Rockets Release Forward Ryan Anderson

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    No surprise, I expect Clemons will replace him on the 15-man roster.

  2. richard dangler

    Ryan Anderson’s descent is the fastest (non injury related) plunge I can remember. Sad to see.

        • Dodgethis

          Except the point was that being paid 80 million makes feeling sorry for his descent futile, nobody said anything relating to how much is left to be paid. Stretching doesn’t eliminate money owed.

    • alphakira

      What’s the issue? He’s spent 12% of his time at center 20% during the playoffs.

  3. harden-westbrook-mvps

    I read an article from some writer outside Houston insisting this move was completely financially motivated, like Fertitta is the cheapest owner in the NBA or something. They could have saved an additional $250K by releasing Anderson before the season and keeping just 14 players. And how exactly do the Rockets have the cheapest owner in the NBA? They are the only team ever that has two players with super max contracts.

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