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Behind a glut of power forwards, the Houston Rockets are showing a willingness to move rookie Terrence Jones for a first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Rockets selected Jones out of Kentucky with the 18th pick in June and he's shuttled between the Development League and Houston most of the season. Jones has played minimal minutes in 11 games for the Rockets. Yahoo! Sports

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The Rockets will send forward Terrence Jones back to their NBA Development League affiliate this week. In his previous two games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Jones averaged 22.5 points and 17.5 rebounds. With Jones assigned to the D-League and Royce White not with the team, Patrick Patterson returned to the active list, but he did not dress. Patterson stepped up his on-court rehab on Tuesday but is expected to be out with a bruised right foot for all three games this week. Houston Chronicle

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In part two of RidiculousUpside.com's interview with Rockets Vice President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas, (here's part one to review) the executive discusses each rookie's progress, and the strategy behind their assignments. For more, read on below. Q: As we talk about specific player development, what can you tell me about the progress Terrence Jones and Donatas Montiejunas are making with the D-League Vipers? A: Terrence Jones is a very special player with a lot of physical tools and good talent base. Both he and Donatas Montiejunas are guys who have played at high levels. Terrence won an NCAA title at Kentucky, and Donatas played at a high level in Europe last season. Both of those guys are very close to playing in the NBA, but we have a lot depth with the Rockets, so they just haven't had the opportunity to play yet. Ridiculous Upside

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