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Thursday October 19, 2006 4:24 PM


Rockets release Haryasz


Reserve center played in two preseason games




Damien Pierce
Rockets.com Staff Writer

HOUSTON -- After surpassing the midway point of the preseason, the Rockets moved a step closer to finalizing its regular season roster.

Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson revealed Thursday that the team has waived forward/center Matt Haryasz.

Haryasz, 22, played in two preseason games at center, where the Rockets already have Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo and Juwan Howard. Second-year forward Chuck Hayes has also played center in certain situations.

After signing with Houston following a solid summer with the Rockets' summer league team, Haryasz averaged 3.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes of action.

The Rockets now have 18 players and must reduce the roster to 15 prior to the regular season.