In a move that should shock nobody who’s had Internet access over the past few months, the Houston Rockets have waived Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks as a means to offering Dwight Howard a maximum contract next week.
In doing these moves, the Rockets shed what would’ve been $5,508,000 from their books. Not so shabby. Their work is far from done however, with Thomas Robinson still on their cap sheet and the team looking to move him for (most likely) a future draft pick.
Let’s start with Delfino, a player who pretty much strictly adheres to launching threes and making a good chunk of them. In just over 25 minutes per game last season he took 6.3 threes—the definition of high volume and most on a team that was in love with three-pointers.
At times he felt like Houston’s most important player, someone who fit the team’s offensive style like a key in a lock. He had nights where his shot wouldn’t fall, no doubt (and the True Shooting percentage of 54.9% proves it), but overall Delfino’s lone season in Houston should set him up for a high-priced contract that’s slightly above his true market value.
Three-point shooting is very, very, very important nowadays, and few in the world are better at it than Delfino.
When Aaron Brooks signed his two-year, $4.9 million contract with the Rockets last March, news that the second year was completely non-guaranteed assured everyone (including Brooks himself, most likely) that he’d only be around a few months. A score first point guard who should still hold some value in this league, Brooks will hopefully latch on somewhere, probably as a third or fourth guard able to swing close games for minutes at a time.
The Delfino loss stings, but it’s all for the greater good. Even if Howard doesn’t choose Houston, these moves had to be done, and any smart general manager in a similar position would do the same.