Houston Rockets: 5 Worst Free Agent Acquisitions In The Les Alexander Era

By Michael Ma
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 4. Stromile Swift 

July 2005- Stromile Swift signs 4-year deal with the Houston Rockets

Swift was the 2nd overall pick in the 2000 draft, and was a role player for 5 seasons with the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies, averaging close to 10 points and 5.5 rebounds for his career up to that point. The Rockets thought a change of scenery would develop Swift into his fullest potential, so Alexander and then general manager Carroll Dawson gave him a 4-year, $22 million contract.

Swift was seen as potentially a good fit for center Yao Ming, but that experiment last just 1 season. Swift wasn’t any better than he was in his days with the Grizzlies, averaging 8.9 points and 4,4 rebounds in 66 games.

The Rockets shipped him back to the Grizzlies on draft night 2006 along with the rights of Rudy Gay for Shane Battier.