Von Wafer Fails Team Physical, Houston Rockets Call Up Michael Harris

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IDecember 23, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 30:  Forward Von Wafer #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 30, 2009 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Von Wafer may be back in the United States for Christmas, but it’s going to be a while before he returns to the NBA hardwood.

According to FOX Houston, Wafer failed his physical last night and any potential deals are now off the table.

The Rockets still apparently have interest in Wafer if he can get back in shape, but until then, they have turned to Michael Harris from Houston’s NBA Development League team.

Harris, currently third in scoring on the Rio Grande Vipers, is averaging 25.3 PPG while also pulling down 7.1 RPG.

In attendance at Toyota Center solely to see the game, Harris was told the news shortly after Houston’s 108-99 victory over the LA Clippers.

“It’s a very big deal,” Harris told FOX Houston. “I was just coming to the game and they hit me with this. It’s a very good Christmas present.”

Well, Merry Christmas Harris.

“I am going to do some of the same things I did in the D-League,” Harris said. “The Rockets already have leaders. I am going to try and bring energy.”

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A former Rice product and locally known, Harris played in 17 games with the Rockets during the 2007-08 season.

“There’s nobody more ready for the NBA right now than Michael,” Harris’ agent, Tony Dutt, told FOX Houston. “This is the best situation for him.”

Houston returns to action this evening in Orlando when the Rockets face the Magic on NBATV.

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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