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The Rockets needed not just help at center; they needed the high-energy, pick-and-roll rhyme they had missed since Clint Capela was hurt.
On Monday, they came together, with the Rockets signing Faried in time To play against the 76ers after he cleared his release from the Nets.
"He plays with a great amount of energy, athleticism, running the floor," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He is exactly what we do. We will complement him and he will complement us. I think he's a perfect fit for us."
Faried, who had not been in the Nets' rotation after the trade from Denver , agreed,
citing his playing time with James Harden with USA Basketball, the Rockets' style and most of all, playing time.
"Me and James had a good (experience) playing together," Faried said. "James saw my situation and we were talking. The coaches saw the situation when Capela went down. Mike said," We could use you. "I was looking for a place to call home.
" I rebound the ball. I run the floor, finish over the top of people. I'm great as a dunker so it'll help open the floor for a while. People are intimidated to come off of me with James driving to the hole because if you do, he'll drop it off and I'll keep it on top of your head. "Creating the roster spot for Faried, however, was the last chapter of the Rockets' Anthony experiment ran into a last hurdle, costing forward James was shot on the roster
The Rockets had hoped to open a roster spot for Faried without releasing Nunnally after just two The games were closed to the deal of Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls, they were told that the NBA office was closed for the MLK Day holiday and could not approve the trade.
The NBA requires two hours notice to get the approval for trades, but to complete trades on holidays or weekend requires teams notify the league office of the terms involved at 6 pm Friday or 6 pm on the business day preceding the holiday. MLK Day, one of its most High-proliferation days, the deal could go through if any other Monday.
"I don't think it's right," said Antoni of the trade not being approved in time for Nunnally to keep his job. "It's not right."
Once the trade can become official, Anthony will go to the Bulls along with cash in an exchange of draft rights to players unlikely to ever be with either team. The Rockets will receive the draft rights to Tadijia Dragicevic. The Bulls will receive the rights to Marko Todorovic
The Bulls, as with trade with the Rockets this season to take on the salary of Michael Carter-Williams, intending to release Anthony, making him a free agent. The Rockets will save roughly $ 2.65 million in luxury taxes, but they will send cash to the Bulls to offset the team portion of his salary this season.
Nunnally made just 3 of 13 shots in his two games with the Rockets. The Rockets could sign Nunnally to another 10-day contract with the roster that will be opened with the trade of Anthony, but the Rockets had not yet been determined if they will take that step, a person familiar with the team's thinking said. He was with the team in Philadelphia when the Rockets learned that the trade of Anthony was not approved, forcing them to release Nunnally before Monday's game.
The Rockets considered signing Faried to help fill the void left by the injury to Clint Capela their top priority
Faried, 29, played in just 12 games with the Nets this season, but was an effective rebounder and as a pick-and-roll threat in seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.
"The coaches and team believe in me," Faried said. "They want me to come out and do what I do. I'm excited to be here."