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Notable Free Agents Not Named Bledsoe or Monroe


With all the marquee free agents off the market at this point, all of the attention is starting to go towards Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe. Both of whom will most likely end up back on their respective teams as they are both restricted free agents. The Suns are for sure willing to match almost any offer given to Bledsoe and who is really willing to give Monroe a max contract? Making it easy for the Pistons to match any reasonable offer.

The Rockets currently have about $10 million in cap space to spend on free agents, if they chose too. In order to use this cap space they would need to forfeit their $8 million trade exception, bi-annual exception, and full mid-level exception. Right now it seems the Rockets value these exceptions over any free agents left on the market.

Just in case the Rockets decide to sign any free agents, lets go over who is still on the market that is worth noting:

  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Micheal Beasley
  • Andray Blatche
  • Aaron Brooks
  • Marshon Brooks
  • Jordan Crawford
  • Shawn Marion
  • Byron Mullens
  • Greg Oden
  • Emeka Okafor
  • Ramon Sessions
  • Jason Smith
  • Evan Turner
  • Mo Williams

Out of all the free agents left these are the guys I think that can come in and have an impact on a team that needs them. Between Dwight Howards foul trouble and injuries, the Rockets desperately need a backup center that can protect the rim at some capacity. I would take a serious look at Greg Oden, Andray Blatche, or Emeka Okafor. Oden and Okafor should come very cheap but if healthy could have a decent impact. If not, Donatas Montiejunas can look forward to a huge bump in minutes this season. The Rockets could also use an upgrade at point guard but at this point no free agents besides Bledsoe look more attractive than Patrick Beverley.

Free agency for the Rockets could very well be over and cap space may be saved for next season and potential trades.