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      Vipers Joined By Pair of Rockets Assignees

      The Houston Rockets assigned rookies Scott Machado and Donatas Montejunas to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets TM NBA Development League affiliate. The assignments are the first for both Machado and Montejunas and the fourth and fifth overall of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons.Undrafted out of Iona in 2012, Machado (6-1, 205, Iona) appeared in six preseason games with the Rockets, averaging 3.5 points, 5.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.5 minutes. Montejunas (7-0, 222, Kaunas, Lithuania), who was selected in the first round, 20th overall, by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 NBA Draft and later traded to Houston, has appeared in one game for the Rockets this season, scoring three points in five minutes.Both players have joined the Vipers and are participating in the teams TM training camp. Rio Grande Valley TMs 2012-13 season tips off on Friday, November 23 when the team hosts the Bakersfield Jam.