Roster Moves Required Soon For Hornets, Rockets, Clippers

The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement requires teams to carry at least 14 players on their rosters during the regular season, not counting two-way players. However, clubs are allowed to dip below that line for up to two weeks at a time.

At the February 6 trade deadline, with so many players on the move, a handful of teams around the league fell below that 14-player threshold, meaning they’ll have to get back up to 14 later this month.

Here’s a breakdown of which teams must make at least one roster move shortly after this weekend’s All-Star Game:

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets had a quiet trade deadline, but completed a pair of buyouts a couple days later, officially releasing Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on February 8. They’ll have until February 22 to add at least one player to their roster.

Since the 18-36 squad is well out of playoff contention, Charlotte is far more likely to sign a G League prospect than an NBA veteran. By the end of the season, I’d expect the Hornets to fill both their 14th and 15th roster spots with young players on multiyear deals, in the hopes that one or both of them prove to be keepers.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets had been carrying 14 players since waiving Gary Clark last month. On February 5, they dipped to 13 when they acquired Robert Covington and Jordan Bell (later flipped for Bruno Caboclo) in a deal that saw them send out Clint Capela, Gerald Green, and Nene. They’ll have to add a new player before they resume play next Thursday.

Houston is closely monitoring the buyout market, but if there’s no one that interests the team now, I’m not sure that’ll change within the next week. I could see the Rockets signing a player to a 10-day contract to give them some flexibility to continue keeping an eye on the buyout market for the rest of the month.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers were carrying 15 players leading up to the trade deadline, but moved Maurice Harkless, Jerome Robinson, and Derrick Walton last week while only getting Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas back. Thomas was waived on February 8, reducing the team’s roster count to 13. Like Charlotte, the Clips will have until February 22 to add a 14th man.

Since they’re also a contending team, the Clippers figure to join the Rockets in scouring the buyout market for veteran help in the coming weeks. With the possible exception of Tyler Johnson, I’m not sure any recently-waived vets will attract much interest from L.A., so a stop-gap option on a 10-day deal is a possibility after the All-Star break.

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13 thoughts on “Roster Moves Required Soon For Hornets, Rockets, Clippers

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Houston could always sign Faried if there are no better options.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      If he’s bought out by the Spurs, D. Carroll is also an option.

      • SocraticGadfly

        Indeed. Red Satan says they’re taking Green back, plus DeMarre Carroll. Morey appears determined to live and die on a fully small-balling lineup. link to espn.com

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Green is only on a 10-day contract, so unless he dazzles them during the next 3 or 4 games it’s unlikely he gets re-signed. That will allow them to keep another roster spot open if another player they like gets bought out before March 1st.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Kenneth Faried, I can’t understand how the Rockets didn’t sign him. He played well last yr. Fit the system. Plus he can guard multiple positions. Solid rebounder. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be on a contenders roster. He can help Lakers, Rockets, Celtics, Sixers, Pacers, even Clippers. Unbelievable to me.

    • Curtisrowe

      I didn’t really get that either, small-ball center who can rebound and guard almost anyone on the floor. He is only 30. Does no one need a guy like that off the bench? He even hit 35 percent from 3 last year with Houston.

    • Curtisrowe

      This might explain it. He signed for over 4 million, which is more than he would have made in the states, then left the team because of a wrist injury. Maybe he still isn’t healty. link to clutchpoints.com

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