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Can we cut Nanu ?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by snowconeman22, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. snowconeman22

    snowconeman22 Member

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    My question is the thread title . Can we cut him for roster space ? What are the implications of doing so ?

    It seems we have some legitimate prospects on our summer league squad . Melton , hartenstein , qi , Edwards , duval , and Deng adel .

    I think in terms of those guys ceilings long term ..... they blow Nanu out of the water . Nanu has had plenty of time to develop and seems not to have done too much .

    I think , however , that we have a bit of a roster squeeze coming up . Especially, if we pursue Melo / another free agent .

    Can we get rid of Nanu to open up space to sign one of these kids to a deal ? Yes , I know that qi and Edwards have already been signed . But Melton , hartenstein and the rest have not ( from what I know )
     
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    ClutchCityReturns Contributing Member

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    We could cut him, but his salary ($1,544,951) is fully guaranteed, and Morey is extremely unlikely to add dead money to the ledger.

    Source: https://www.spotrac.com/nba/houston-rockets/chinanu-onuaku-20243/
     
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  3. napalm06

    napalm06 Fire Bill O'Brien
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    Wouldn't mind it. I'd take Melton, Hartenstein, Duval, Adel, or even House over him. And I think we have to give Melton a spot to grow with the club.

    Most likely result is that he's included as trade filler. Big men are so sought after that a young, pending RFA on a low contract couldn't have lost all value.
     
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    snowconeman22 Member

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    I'd take the dead money for The ability to add one of the unsigned players over him .
     
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    No way Melton and Edwards don’t recieve contracts, especially Melton he looks like a steal a potential rotation piece by mid season if his shot continues to fall.

    Edwards we paid 1.5m?, I believe to pick him so I don’t see us not signing him either.

    Hartenstein looks like a promising nba big and Qi isn’t going anywhere.

    Nanu was a bust project my guess is Morey includes him in some minor trade or big trade? But I doubt he’s on the roster to start the year.

    He’s shown nothing in 2 years and 3 summer leagues.
     
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    But his granny style free throws are so dadgum efficient!
     
  8. RocketOrg

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    I agree that it’s time to cut Nanu. Personally, I was impressed with Adel. He showed a lot of potential in his limited time of the court. Yes, he wasn’t able to finish a few drives to the basket but he was fouled on 2 of them and had limited touches. With his size and shooting touch I’d roll the dice with him over all the other SF’s on the roster, including House. I don’t know, there was something about his passing skills that stood out. When he drive to the bucket he was able to find the open player with ease. House ya a few nice dishes but often looks out of control, whereas Adel looks silky smooth.

    As for the rest the other players, I’d carve out a spot for Melton, Qi, and Hartenstien.
     
  9. ThatBoyNick

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    I agree cut Nanu.

    And MCW.
     
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    Onuaku will make Capela obsolete.
     
  11. BimaThug

    BimaThug Resident Capologist
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    With luxury taxes, it’ll probably cost the Rockets about $7-8 million if they cut (rather than trade) Nanu. That will likely keep him on the roster...until an advantageous trade is available.
     
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    Wow. It's too bad, that he can't be moved. Hartenstein is much better than him.
     
  13. ApacheWarrior

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    I agree with @BimaThug

    A team like Atlanta is currently at $81 mil in team salary. They could absorb Nanu-plus without sending
    anything back. They could cut one of their 3 non guaranteed contracts to make room for Nanu or send
    it our way. Denpending on the deal and personnel. Rights to oversea players or money or pick going
    with Nanu..........?? I’m not familiar with their non guaranteed players. Maybe they are keepers in
    their minds.

    Atlanta is under the minimum team salary and needs to add payroll by........what? Seasons end?
     
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    This looks like a best case scenario. Now if only they could take Ryan Anderson as well!
     
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    New Isiah signed for the minimum

    Who would you rather have , Isiah or Nanananau?
     
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    Neither would fit into the Rox current rotation. Nanu doesn’t have baggage surrounding him like Isiah does and is probably easier moved.

    CP3/Melton/MCW

    Capela/Hartenstein/Nene/Zhou
     
  17. snowconeman22

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    Understood .

    Do you think it's likely that they trade him soon . They could face competition for signing guys like Duval or Deng to 2-way contracts because we don't own the rights to them . ( correct? )

    And while we DO own hartensteins rights , it's kind of a dick move to make him sign a g-league deal again . He's improved a lot and probably deserves a deal . If he pans out we will have wanted to treat him as well as possible .

    Obviously , the coaching staff has a lot more information that I do about all of these players and I trust their decision . Personally , I would rather try to lock up Duval and Deng than eat 7-8 million . Or I'd find a way to dump Nanu quickly . Because I think we are gonna need some young athletic low-cost players to pan out if we are going to compete over the next few years .

    Melton becoming a strong NBA caliber player would be a huge shot in the arm. If any of these other guys pan out then we have the potential to keep them or at he very least have some enticing assets
     
  18. jayfree

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    Just tell Atlanta "You know how bad Dwight was for you.... well Nanu is NOTHING like him so you're gold"
     
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    Woah guys! Calm the eff down! Violence isn't going to get us anywhere.
     
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  20. ApacheWarrior

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    Yep. What can we tell the Kings and Bulls, lol.

    Atlanta is at about $81 mil in team salary
    Kings are at about $82 mil in team salary
    Bulls are at about $84 mil in team salary

    League minimum in team payroll is at around $89 mil. or get fined. They could take him on with incentives.

    rest seem far over
     

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