Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that forward Steve Novak has been assigned to the team’s NBDL affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Novak was designated an inactive for all six games this season. He is expected to report by Monday, and will remain on the Rockets 15-man roster. In his rookie season with Houston, Novak averaged 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 35 games (one start).