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Report: Delfino signs free agent deal

The Sports Xchange
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--The Rockets reached an agreement with free agent G Carlos Delfino on a two-year contract, the Houston Chronicle reported Aug. 14.

The second year of the deal is a team option.

Delfino, 29, averaged 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for the Milwaukee Bucks in his seventh year in the NBA.

--Center/forward Josh Harrellson was waived by the Rockets, who acquired him on July 11 as part of the Marcus Camby trade.

Harrellson (6-10, 275, Kentucky), who saw action in two games with the Rockets at 2012 NBA Summer League, averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 37 games (four starts) with New York in 2011-12. Originally selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the second round (45th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft, he had his draft rights acquired by New York for cash considerations in a draft-night deal (June 23, 2011).

--When the Rockets cut Jeremy Lin last season, they had too many point guards -- with Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic gobbling up playing time -- to even give Lin a good look. When they signed him this summer, Lowry and Dragic were gone and there is little certain behind him at the position.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, however, said the Rockets will likely go with their new collection of backups at the position and hope a solid option emerges.

"We feel pretty comfortable with Shaun Livingston, Toney Douglas and Scott Machado, who we'd like to bring in, likely fighting it out in training camp for the backup minutes," Morey said.

--The Rockets wanted Omer Asik for his defense and gave him a $25 million contract. But he said he plans to add to his offensive game now that he will be getting greater playing time and working with Kevin McHale.

"I know it looks like the offense is the missing part of my game now, but I believe in myself I can improve that," Asik said. "I am working hard every day. In Chicago I didn't show too much because I was playing very nervous. I just did what they asked me. I'm sure ... I can improve that.

"I am very happy I will be with Kevin McHale, a legendary post player. I think I will learn a lot from him and will get better."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"From here on going forward, it's about staying focused and understanding we have big challenges ahead of us as a team. I need to get better. Looking back at last season, there's a lot of areas I can improve as a player. Going into this offseason, what I'm focusing on is how I can improve, how I can become better and how I can help this team." -- G Jeremy Lin

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