May 14, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry (31), forward Trevor Ariza (1), guard James Harden (13) and guard Corey Brewer (33) celebrate the 119-107 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers following the second half in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Over the past few weeks the Space City Scoop Team has brought you our year end reviews for each of the Houston Rockets’ players.
We’ve shared each individual players best moments on the courts often using clips from specific stand out performances. Further we’ve showcased their analytical performances via their statistical averages to decipher where each player has contributed to the team and grown or regressed individually.
Taking that information we’ve provided our input on where each player should focus their attention to grow personally this off season and what they can do to improve their role contribution to the team.
Now that the draft is over and we have new players Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell introduced, their next step along with the youthful core of the squad (Nick Johnson, Clint Capela, Kostas Papanikolaou and K.J. McDaniels) will be the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. This will help the club determine and define where the youth movement on the Rockets fits moving forward and what role they specifically will be assigned for the 2015-16 season.
Free agency begins on Wednesday July 1st and with it the determination of our own free agents:
- Corey Brewer has a player option for this coming season (though it’s expected he will waive it and remain with the Rockets)
- Arguably the top priority is resigning Josh Smith
- The secondary priority is what direction the club plans to take with Patrick Beverley
- And those decisions will likely determine the future of Jason Terry and K.J. McDaniels futures as Rockets
Like a good stew the team must add all the right components to make the most tasty entree and knowing GM Daryl Morey this process won’t simply be to resign all the free agents and assign the rookies/youth their roles. Rather, it’s expected he will look to upgrade the starting point guard and for that matter the back-up at this position. This means we could see some sign and trades occurring or certain current Rockets leaving to make room for potential new signings.
From my perspective the most vulnerable current players are:
- Kostas Papanikolaou (Rockets picked up his option giving them $4.6 million to utilize in a trade)
- Joey Dorsey is likely to be waived/released given the signing of Harrell and presence of Capela
- With a glut of front court talent Terrence Jones could be packaged in a trade deal along with Papanikolaou
- K.J. McDaniels may be lost if another club offers a contract beyond the Rockets budget (to remain under the cap)
- Jason Terry and Patrick Beverley will most likely be the last pieces decided based on what Morey can accomplish early to fill the back court needs
We’re excited to see which direction the club takes and will keep you posted on any free agent news or trades as they occur. In the interim I thought I’d remind you of what each player did this season via the Space City Scoop Reviews. Click each link below to read their individual review:
- James Harden – link
- Dwight Howard – link
- Trevor Ariza – link
- Corey Brewer – link
- Josh Smith – link
- Patrick Beverley – link
- Jason Terry – link
- Donatas Motiejunas – link
- Clint Capela – link
- Terrence Jones – link
- Kostas Papanikolaou – link
- Nick Johnson – link
- K.J. McDaniels – link
- Pablo Prigioni – link
- Joey Dorsey – link
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