Houston Rockets To Waive 12-Year Veteran To Keep Boban

The Houston Rockets are one over the 15-man roster limit as we get closer to next week's deadline. Word from NBA Insider Shams Charania is that they've chosen to waive a 12-year veteran. 

Derrick Favors came to the Rockets as part of the massive 8-player trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder a couple of weeks back. And although he made a decent impression in preseason, he's simply not in the Rockets' plans. 

It was just last week that Favors said he's embracing being a grizzled veteran on the young Rockets team. "I think I can provide some good leadership to the team, and help them in any way that they need help," he said. "I’ve been on young teams before. This isn’t my first rodeo with this. I know how to approach it."

However, for that team-building veteran presence up front, the Rockets have decided to go instead with the universally loved Boban Marjanovic. 

Boban, after all, got a standing ovation in his first Rockets' appearance.  

Favors is on an expiring contract that pays him $10M this season. If he clears waivers (which he undoubtedly will), he'll be free to sign with any team.

The former No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Favors has fallen out of... favor with NBA teams in the last few seasons, as his production has fallen off to just around 5 points per game last year with OKC and the year before with the Utah Jazz. 

Utah was the place of his best years in the NBA, as he averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds for a couple of straight seasons in the middle of his original 9-year run in Utah. Now, at the age of 31, he's more roster-filler than anything else.