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Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-09-04

Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-09-04--C/F Pops Mensah-Bonsu was signed to a non-guaranteed, one-year contract, but the Rockets do not consider him to be no more than an extra body for training camp.

Mensah-Bonsu could compete with second-year center/forward Joey Dorsey for minutes and possibly for a roster spot, but the Rockets think enough of Mensah-Bonsu's ability to provide depth off the bench to try to make a move to clear a roster spot.

With the signing, the Rockets have 17 signed players, with Mensah-Bonsu and James White signed to non-guaranteed deals.

--With the Rockets moving to a younger team, trying to develop talent likely to help when Yao Ming is expected back for the 2010-11 season, they have been trying to move veteran Brent Barry.

Barry was signed to a two-year deal in July 2008, when the Rockets hoped to contend. With Yao out and Tracy McGrady working his way back from microfracture surgery, the Rockets' goals have changed to contending for a playoff spot, with hopes that rookies Chase Budinger or Jermaine Taylor could earn playing time at the position.

The Rockets would love to move Barry's expiring contract to a team with cap room or for a non-guaranteed contract, but, failing that, they could work on a buyout.

--Though there were reports that Yao Ming could play this season, nothing has changed in his status or prognosis. The Rockets never put a timetable on his return, other than to say he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2010 training camp.

He is still considered unlikely to play before then, but that had never been entirely ruled out.

"The only thing new is that nothing has gone wrong," Morey said. "Everything looked fine.

"Otherwise it's all the same stuff we've been saying, which is he is not ruled out for this year, although it is unlikely that he would come back and play. There's nothing new."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're going to be up-tempo, fun to watch, young players easy to root for. It's exciting. I think it'll be fun to watch the team group up and grow together, all in a style we're trying to move to. You're going to see us playing the way Coach (Rick Adelman) would rather play." -- GM Daryl Morey

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Added: September 4, 2009


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