HOUSTON -- On the Toyota Center practice court several Rockets lauded former Lakers guard Derek Fisher, appearing genuinely enthusiastic in anticipation of what Fisher could supply their generally youthful roster.
In the bowels of Toyota Center Rockets general manager Daryl Morey opted not to call Fisher by name, practically confirming speculation that the franchise and Fisher were negotiating terms on a contract buyout and ostensibly guaranteeing that Fisher won't suit up for the Rockets.
The aftermath of the Rockets' trade-deadline acquisitions offered as much intrigue as the acquisitions themselves. Having on Thursday jettisoned three of the four 2009 lottery draft picks acquired by Morey, the Rockets waived the fourth -- swingman Terrence Williams -- Friday.
Even with the addition of veteran center Marcus Camby, the Rockets' net loss of personnel was three as they boarded their charter for Los Angeles, where the Rockets (24-20) will play the Clippers (24-18) on Saturday.