The Rockets traded Steve Novak yesterday to the L.A. Clippers for future draft considerations. It had to happen. Novak had not been able to show enough to break into the starting lineup in his two year tenure with the Rockets. A great shooter, Steve just didn't have the D to stop opposing forwards from equalling his scoring.
That still leaves the Rockets' forward corp overcrowded. Seven players - Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Mike Harris, rookie Joey Dorsey (still unsigned), Chuck Hayes, Carl Landry (free agent) and Luis Scola - are trying to fit into no more than 5 slots. Throw unsigned second round draft pick Maarty Leunen and swingmen Tracy McGrady and Brent Barry into the mix and you've got too many forwards.
Steve Novak never had a chance after the trade for Artest.