The Houston Rockets have announced that they will waive shooting guard Carlos Delfino, among other players, by June 30. The reason for this is because they are not interested in spending $3 million on the 30-year-old when they are trying to clear cap space to make a big splash in free agency. However, the Rockets could regret this decision in the near future.
It is not a secret that Houston is interested in acquiring big named free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. The point guard is likely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, while several players on the Rockets are trying to persuade Howard to sign with the team this summer.
Clearing up cap space in order for Houston to have a shot at Howard, and possibly another big name player, is a smart idea. However, if the center does decide to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, or another contender for that matter, the Rockets could be in trouble.
The fact is Delfino is a solid threat from beyond the arc, something Houston desperately needs. It is not as if the team does not have players who are incapable of converting 3-point shots; it is more of the fact that Delfino specializes in that area. It is true there are several free agents who are capable of making long-ranged baskets, but none of them will come for less than $3 million.
Delfino is not a top-notch scorer as he only averaged 10.6 points per game last season. With that being said, he did convert 37.5 percent of his team-high 6.3 3-point field goal attempts per game during the 2012-13 NBA season. Taking away that threat could end up being detrimental to the Rockets, depending on what happens in the offseason.