Upcoming guarantee dates for Rockets

I think Gary Clark is about as good as gone. I’d be floored if he survived at this point which is disappointing given the Rockets’ depth and injury issues, particularly at power forward behind P.J. Tucker. I had hoped that Mike D’Antoni would give Clark a shot this year after the defensive promise he showed last season but that has not come. Clark has appeared in just four games this season and played a total of ten minutes. He has taken four three-pointers during that time, connecting on two.

McLemore is the interesting one. Had you asked me this time last week, I’d tell you that not only was he a lock to survive past December 1 but that he would be a mainstay in Houston’s rotation through the end of the year. But he had a rough week, looking completely flummoxed against Denver and then going 0-6 from ‘3’ against the Mavs. On the year, Ben is shooting .296% on 3’s – right now, he just isn’t good enough of a shooter to fill a role where shooting is the primary requirement.

But Houston has no other choices following the injury to Gerald Green. I think the Rockets will pick up the option on the guaranteed money to keep Ben past December 1. My prediction is that he’s packaged near the deadline, along with Nene and the team’s first round draft pick, to lower total team salary.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

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