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Rockets reportedly to waive Derrick Favors, which means Boban stays

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The Houston Rockets needed to trim their roster down to 15, which meant a young player or a big man would have to go. Daishen Nix, Garrison Mathews and Boban Marjanovic were all mentioned as players who could be let go.

Instead, big man Derrick Favors — who the Rockets traded for just more than two weeks ago — is being released, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Why Favors — whose salary could help with a trade later — and not Boban?

Favors is set to make $10.2 million this season (he still gets paid, it’s a guaranteed deal). He came to the Rockets as salary ballast in a trade that sent him, Maurice Harkless, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon, a second-round pick and cash to the Rockets for Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and David Nwaba. Every player the Rockets acquired in that trade has now been waived, they took on some salary for a future pick.

Now Favors will be a free agent and, while his skills have declined a little in recent years, a team looking for depth up front likely will snap him up before too long.

The Rockets still need to make one more cut to get to 15, and Wilie Cauley-Stein is expected to be released soon.