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Report: Houston waives Chinese center Zhou Qi

The Houston Rockets have waived Chinese center Zhou Qi, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Qi, who led China’s national team to a championship in the Asian Games this past summer, only played in one game this season and it was for 57 seconds. He’s currently dealing with a left ankle injury and had two more non-guaranteed years left on his contract.

Qi has played in 19 games in the NBA. He has career averages of 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 21.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line. With Nene back in the rotation, the Rockets had no need for Qi’s services.

The biggest roster decision in Houston is still related to veteran small forward Carmelo Anthony. Melo is still on the roster but the team is going to part ways with him, either via trade or by waiving him. Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with the Rockets while shooting 40.5 percent from the floor and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc in the 10 games he played in.

Houston is 14-14 on the season and starting to play better basketball as of late. They are currently on a three-game winning streak. The Rockets will look to make it four in a row Monday night against the Utah Jazz.