The Houston Rockets have made a lot of changes since the close of last year’s NBA season. Dwight Howard left in free agency, Mike D’Antoni was brought in and with him came a glut of players focused on putting the ball into the basket.
All of this retooling has the front office and fans thinking that the Rockets could be on their way back to being a fun to watch franchise, much like they were in James Harden’s first season there. The changes haven’t stopped just yet.
The organisation has decided to waive veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni according to The Vertical. The 39-year-old’s release comes as a surprise to many. He was brought in due to his familiarity with running an offense and his outside shooting stroke is still present.
D’Antoni’s penchant for frenetically paced offenses is well documented and having a veteran guard seems to fly in the face of that philosophy. Clutch City is going in another direction by retaining Tyler Ennis as the backup guard.
Originally, the team’s plan was to release the Canadian guard and keep the more seasoned playmaker. But, the club seemed to have a change of heart. Prigioni has only logged four seasons of NBA play but, his age seems to play a factor in this decision.
Ennis was acquired from the Bucks in September for Michael Beasley. The young guard’s production in the preseason likely tipped the scales in his favor. The Rockets are hoping that their gamble on his youth and talent can pay off.