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Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-09-10


Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-09-10PLAYER NEWS:

--C David Andersen signed a multiyear contract with the Rockets. Andersen, a second-round pick of the Hawks this summer, was acquired in a trade in July and is expected to be thrown into the mix at center in the absence of Yao Ming, who will miss the entire season recovering from foot surgery.

--C Yao Ming said he will spend about three months after his surgery in Houston, mostly resting with some upper body workouts. He will likely spend some time in China before returning for the next step in his rehab.

--G/F Trevor Ariza was originally on the roster for the USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, but backed out after participating in the Lakers' long season and to make arrangements for his move to Houston.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Tracy McGrady began the on-court portion of his rehab from microfracture surgery, adding some cuts and shooting to his workouts with Tim Grover in Chicago.

--C Yao Ming underwent extensive surgery to repair the hairline fracture in his left foot and to realign the foot to alleviate the stress on the bone by reducing the arch of his foot. He is expected to remain on crutches with the foot immobilized until September.

DRAFT PICKS:

Jermaine Taylor, G, 6-4, Central Florida (second round) -- A prolific college scorer, the Rockets hope he can develop a more well-rounded game. He could offer depth, especially if Von Wafer leaves as a free agent.

Sergio Llull, G, 6-3, Real Madrid (second round) -- Signed for two more seasons in Europe, Llull could benefit from the time to develop.

Chase Budinger, F, 6-7, Arizona (second round) -- The Rockets love his athleticism and well-rounded offensive game. Though not a strong one-on-one player, his shooting touch and knack for playmaking could fit well playing with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: September 10, 2009

 

 
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