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REPORT: Rockets waive forward Ryan Anderson

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The Houston Rockets are waiving forward Ryan Anderson, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Anderson played in only two of the Rockets’ first 13 games of the season, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in only 6.5 minutes per game.

The longtime sharpshooter signed with his former team on Sept. 27, as the Rockets hoped to provide a different look with him coming off the bench. Houston was expecting to give Anderson some looks at center, but that hasn’t translated into many opportunities or any playing time for the former starting stretch-four.

Anderson was not a good fit after center Clint Capela suffered an injury, which didn’t bode well for a player that was trying to gain back his footing within the league.

The 11-year pro has career averages of 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He played in a combined 25 games in 2018-19 since leaving the Rockets in a trade to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight — two players that are also no longer with the team.

Anderson was traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson, getting waived after 10 games with the team.

The 6-foot-10 forward spent two seasons with the Rockets from 2016-18, but his lackluster defense gave the team some fits during his previous stint — something that didn’t change much during the brief 13-minute cup of tea he spent with them this season.

According to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have no immediate plans for the open roster spot, but they are likely counting down the days for when they need to convert two-way guard Chris Clemons to a full-fledged NBA contract.