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Team waives 2 as deadline nears Beck, Temple cut, but Rockets want latter for NBA D-League

Team waives 2 as deadline nears Beck, Temple cut, but Rockets want latter for NBA D-League Rockets UPDATE

Monday: Rockets 105, Thunder 85.

Preseason record: 4-3.

Friday: Dallas at Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.

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The Rockets made their first roster moves of the preseason, waiving guards Garrett Temple and Romel Beck. Temple, however, could be back with the organization, if not necessarily with the team.

The Rockets were impressed enough with Temple's potential that they are likely to make him an "allocation target" to get the NBA Development League rights to him, hoping to add him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster.

The Vipers can consider players either from or who played collegiately in Texas or Louisiana to be regional picks and request to have their rights assigned to them. The Spurs, who own the Austin Toros, can also put in a claim on Temple, who is from Baton Rouge, La., and played at LSU.

"We think he will be a good player in the D-League," Rockets vice president of Basketball operations Sam Hinkie said. We'd rather he be good on our team than others."

If the Rockets get Temple assigned to the Vipers, he would not count against their roster limit, but they also would have no more right to recall him to the NBA than other NBA teams. Their management arrangement with the Vipers would, however, allow them to continue to work with him.

"We're very, very high on Garrett," said Rockets vice president of player personnel Gersson Rosas, who is also the Vipers' general manager. "We really believe in his upside and that he will continue his development with our involvement."

The Rockets thought enough of both players to postpone their first roster moves until later in the preseason. Not including Brent Barry, whose contract will either be bought out or dealt, the Rockets have 16 players under contract and must make one more move by Monday's deadline.

"I was very impressed with both those kids," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said of Beck and Temple. "Both were great kids. Both showed they could play. Garrett was with us through the summer. He got better through the summer and in training camp. I didn't get a chance to play him as much as I wanted to because of the people we were playing. Romel, I didn't even know him.. I was impressed with the way he approached every day, and when I did give him a chance, he played well.

"I think both of those guys have a chance. If something happens on our roster, they are people we're going to look at because they know what we're doing and can step right in."

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Added: October 23, 2009


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