Scott Machado's rookie season in NBA is temporarily on hold after Houston Rockets waived former Iona guard yesterday morning. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)
Six games into his first NBA season, Scott Machado's professional career has already experienced its first significant delay.
After two months that saw the one-time Iona standout spend his maiden voyage in the NBA in seemingly a perpetual shuttle between the Houston Rockets and their NBDL affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets waived Machado yesterday morning to open a roster spot for Patrick Beverley, a former guard at Arkansas under Stan Heath and John Pelphrey before leaving the Razorbacks following his sophomore season to play overseas, where he spent four seasons competing in Ukraine, Greece and Russia.
In six games with the Rockets, Machado scored eight points in 22 minutes, accumulating six assists and two steals while registering one rebound. Machado, who was also last year's MAAC Player of the Year while at Iona, shot 3-of-6 from the field and made both free throws he had attempted so far in the young season after being signed in September as a prospective backup at the point guard position for marquee free agent signing Jeremy Lin, whom Houston signed over the summer to a lucrative three-year contract in the wake of his rise to stardom while with the New York Knicks.
Machado's contract was partially guaranteed, and the guard has already received the guaranteed portion of his rookie salary according to the Houston Chronicle, with the remainder of his salary to be guaranteed later in the week.
As we have done throughout the season, please continue to follow A Daly Dose Of Hoops for further updates on Machado, including where he might eventually land if another NBA team claims him on waivers.