Rockets waive Bowen, Jacobsen, pick up options on Head, Snyder

HOUSTON (Ticker) - The Houston Rockets on Friday waived veterans Ryan Bowen and Casey Jacobsen, which means rookie forward Steve Novak has made the team.

The Rockets also exercised the 2007-08 contract options on guards Luther Head and Kirk Snyder.

“Luther and Kirk are two young players who both have a lot of upside and we are pleased to be able to secure them through the end of next season,” Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson said.

By cutting loose Bowen and Jacobsen, the Rockets reduced their roster to 15 players. Among those players is Novak, a 6-10 forward from Marquette who was taken in the second round.

In the preseason, Novak averaged 12.1 points in seven preseason games and shot very well. He shot 53 percent from the field, nearly 48 percent from 3-point range and better than 90 percent from the line.

The 6-9 Bowen has averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 434 games over seven seasons with Denver and Houston.

The 6-6 Jacobsen has averaged 5.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 234 games with Phoenix and New Orleans. He played in Europe last season and signed with the Rockets in September.

A 2005 first-round pick, Head’s salary for next season is $1.12 million. As a rookie, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 80 games and led all rookies with 113 3-pointers.

The 6-6 Snyder was acquired from New Orleans in a trade in July and has averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 136 career games. A 2004 first-round pick of Utah, his salary for next season is $2.36 million.

“Luther showed a great deal of poise as a rookie last season and has matured into a solid young veteran,” Dawson said. “Kirk has shown a lot of promise early in camp and we look forward to seeing his continued development this season.”

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Updated Friday, Oct 27, 2006