May 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) warms up before game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Houston Rockets To Sign Josh Powell, Release Dexter Pittman

Earlier this morning, reports surfaced from the Phillipines that PF Josh Powell will be signing with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have yet to confirm such a move but it appears as if they’re on their way to making the signing official. Mark Berman (MyFox26) was the first to report the Rockets would release Dexter Pittman to make room on the roster.

Pittman, 26, was signed on Thursday after the Rockets decided to waive Greg Smith. Pittman was not at either of the Rockets last two games and it doesn’t seem like he’ll ever don the Rockets uniform. Here’s what Pittman had to say after signing with the Rockets on Thursday:

“I’m blessed. I always dreamed about playing back home. I’m in shock right now. I never knew that I would come back home and play on the same court that Hakeem Olajuwon helped build. I played with LeBron James. I played with Kevin Durant. I got an NBA Championship, but there’s nothing better than coming to Houston and playing with the best center in the game and playing with one of the best all-time great big men to ever play the game, Kevin McHale. and being in the shadow of Hakeem Olajuwon. What more can you ask for? I’m in awe right now.”

Welp. Those comments are a bit awkward now.

Pittman will be released to reportedly make room for Josh Powell. The 31-year old will leave his Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team to join the Rockets and will be eligible to join to the Rockets on their playoff run. The 6’9 225 lb PF averages 3.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 7 seasons in the NBA, his last coming with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2010-2011 season.

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