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Houston Rockets: Grading Player Contracts

By Andre Cantalogo
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Jan 14, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) and teammates huddle up prior to the game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With reports the Houston Rockets and power forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas were unable to reach a deal for rookie contract extensions as both sides couldn’t find common ground, I decided to take a look at the roster’s present financial health as well as Daryl Morey’s use of cap space.

This article will argue in favor or not in regards to decisions concerning the players extensions for the 2016-2017 season when there will be money flowing. I’ll also grade Clutch City’s deals as to whether they represent good NBA value or offer potential solutions for freeing up space to utilize in next year’s free agency period.

As I started the process of reviewing Morey’s business I’ve come to one immediate conclusion: The Houston Rockets don’t have any really bad, problematic or unmovable contracts. They all seem reasonable and could be included in a trade in case one presents itself for Houston’s GM. So there are no Joe Johnson, Tristan Thompson or Enes Kanter’s anomalies here.

Therefore in order to make a comprehensive list and analysis of the contracts and salaries, I’ve divided them into three sections:

  • The Best Deals – Players who are getting paid less than what they were supposed to demand in the market and (or) are contributing at a higher level compared to players from other teams who get paid a similar amount
  • Doubtful Contracts – This category is for players who are getting paid a fair salary but could be moved anytime should the Rockets pursue another star (either in trades or free agency), or players not currently producing up to the standards of his contract.
  • Chopping Block Contracts – Not exactly bad deals as I said the Rockets have no such thing, nevertheless the players ranked in this category have somewhat murky futures, expiring contracts or upcoming options.

Next: Best Deals?