Jermaine Taylor

Rockets trade Jermaine Taylor to Sacramento

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Houston needed to clear out a roster spot so they can get Terrence Williams in the much-discussed three-way trade (that is not really about any of the people in the trade).

So the Rockets are shipping Jermaine Taylor to the Kings for a future second round pick, according to Mark Stein of ESPN.

Taylor, in his second NBA season, has been playing sparingly in Houston so he has to be happy to go somewhere he might see the court. He’s very athletic and will throw down some monster dunks, but he also is shooting 50 percent on the season and 40 percent from three as his game has improved. He’s a nice little project, and the Kings have some minutes to hand out. It’s worth the roster spot for Sacramento as they are giving up next to nothing and need to look for some diamonds in the rough.

Rockets looking to trade Jermaine Taylor, or he’ll get waived

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Erick Dampier is in for Houston. That means Jermaine Taylor is out.

If you want him, he can be yours. The Rockets are shopping Taylor around before just cutting him outright, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.

It makes some sense for Houston, there was interest from several teams in signing off waivers so why not see if you can get something for him. Probably a second round pick, but that is better than nothing. Washington, Miami and the Magic are reportedly interested, although Miami already has a full roster so take the report with plenty of salt. But the fact there might b real interest makes sense.

It is possible teams would rather risk getting him off waivers for nothing, so we’ll see if the Rockets can find a deal out there.

Taylor, a guard out of Central Florida, played 31 games and was respectable for the Rockets last season. He is one of the army of guys to get to the NBA out of the D-League.