Rockets waive center Dexter Pittman

Rockets waive center Dexter Pittman
April 14, 2014, 1:30 pm
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May 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) warms up before game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena.

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Without ever playing a game or even practicing with the team, center Dexter Pittman has been released by the Houston Rockets.

Pittman was officially signed by the Rockets on Thursday, April 10, but was not with the team for their two games played while he was under contract. In fact, he didn't even appear to have a space in the Rockets locker room and had not had a jersey number issued yet.

Pittman was not at Toyota Center Saturday night for the Rockets 111-104 win over New Orleans.

Pittman has appeared in 50 regular season games with Miami, Memphis and Atlanta, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in his NBA career and won an NBA championship during the 2011-12 season with the Heat.

The Rockets also re-assigned a pair of rookies, G Isaiah Canaan and F Robert Covington, to their D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Vipers play at Iowa on Monday night in Game 3 of their best-of-three opening round playoff series. The winner will face the Santa Cruz Warriors in the semifinals and would have home court advantage in that best-of-three series.

In 18 games with the Vipers this season, Canaan has averaged 21.8 points and 8.2 assists per game. His 8.2 assists were third-best in the league, while his 21.8 points per game would have ranked eighth had he qualified.

Canaan had remained with the Rockets since Feb. 21. Covington finished fourth in the D-League in points (23.8), tenth in rebounds (9.2) and third in steals (2.4) per game this season. Covington is averaging 20 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in the first two games of their series with Iowa.

Rookie guard Troy Daniels, who played for both the Vipers and Rockets on Saturday, will remain with the Rockets for Monday's game against San Antonio. Daniels played 44 minutes and scored 30 points in the Vipers 145-142 overtime loss in a game that tipped off at noon on Saturday in Des Moines, IA, then flew to Houston, arriving at around 6:30 p.m. for the Rockets 7 p.m. game against New Orleans.

He played nearly 13 minutes overall, including checking in with the Rockets down 12 points with 10:37 left in the game. He scored three points, while playing the rest of the game as the Rockets erased that 12-point deficit and won 111-104.