Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 3/16/12
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. Camby took his physical on Friday morning and was scheduled to travel with the team. However, his status against the Clippers is unknown. Add that uncertainty to that of shooting guard Kevin Martin (strained right shoulder), and the Rockets could feature just nine healthy bodies, including little-used rookies Marcus Morris and Greg Smith, Saturday. "We're constantly evaluating as folks here know," Morey said in reference to the roster deficits. "We're almost always at 15 (players on the roster) and that's because we're always trying to maximize, whether it's looking at a young player or shoring up depth or things like that. So I would be surprised if we didn't bring in some folks, but I don't have any names right now to talk about." Without Fisher and Jonny Flynn, who the Rockets shipped to Portland in exchange for Camby, the Rockets are in the market for a point guard to relieve Goran Dragic, at least until Kyle Lowry returns from his bacterial infection. There were published reports that the Rockets have interest in veteran guard Anthony Carter, who the Raptors released this week, but Morey declined comment when specifically queried about Carter. Morey gleefully addressed Camby by name. He's an elite rebounder, was the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, and is second to Magic center Dwight Howard among active players in career defensive rebound percentage (27.80 percent) and total rebound percentage (19.12 percent). He leads active players in block percentage at 6.09 percent. Rockets center Samuel Dalembert ranks just behind Camby among active players in career block percentage at 5.63 percent, meaning the Rockets won't experience any drop-off on defense or on the glass when Camby spells Dalembert. Given the disparity in their ability to protect the rim when Dalembert sits, adding Camby bolsters their second unit. "I think Marcus Camby is somebody we're really excited about what he can bring to our bigs rotation," Morey said. "He's a really effective defensive player. People are obviously very familiar with his game having been in the league for quite awhile. I think people aren't familiar with how effective he still is. "He's the No. 1 defensive rebounder this year, the year before (and) the year before that. He was recently Defensive Player of the Year, recently top defensive teams (All-Defensive first team in 2007, '08) and still was giving Portland quality minutes; their defense was very good when he was in there." While Morey earned applause for another shrewd deadline deal by essentially landing a player in the final year of his contract, and one sure to help the team's postseason push, at the cost of a second-round pick, the Rockets were happiest with what Camby can do for their inconsistent defense and their deficiencies on the backboards. When they lost reserve center Jordan Hill to a strained MCL, the Rockets tumbled into a stretch of games where they were thrashed on the glass. When Hill returned he helped balance the scales, and Hill pales in comparison to Camby in relation to rebounding prowess. And for all of those times when the second unit was exposed in the pick-and-roll, Camby offers a back line of defense to protect their gambling guards. "Especially for our guards it's easier because on pick-and-rolls if you want to play pressure you know sometimes they're going to break down defenses and they're going to penetrate," Dragic said. "But now we have Marcus Camby behind us. You know that's maybe going to be 50 percent missed shots or blocked shots. It's a great feeling. "He's going to be so great here with us. He's going to help us a lot." Change has been a constant for the Rockets this season, from the addition of Dalembert through the emergence of rookie forward Chandler Parsons and this recent roster overhaul engineered by Morey. It wasn't lost on anyone in attendance Friday that Dragic, Martin and forward Luis Scola, the three particulars in the post-lockout deal for Lakers centerforward Pau Gasol snuffed by NBA commissioner David Stern, had survived the latest round of deadline deals. Dragic will be an unrestricted free agent this summer while Martin enters into the final year of a contract paying him 12.9 million next season. Both, and perhaps Scola, could be gone by the time the offseason is complete, but for the time being they all remain, with the collective focus shifting to what is left of this season and a potential playoff surge. "I was just anxious to see how our team was going to look today," Scola said. "I'm happy that we bring some winner personalities to our locker room. We can finally make that final push to the playoffs. I feel really confident." Follow me on Twitter at moisekapenda
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