Houston Rockets: Grading Player Contracts

By Andre Cantalogo
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Oct 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets mascot Clutch waves the flag before the Rockets play the Denver Nuggets on opening night at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve decided not to include Houston’s current rookies Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell as it’s too soon to figure out their worth and unfair comparing them with other players’ contract so early in their career.

As is the case with Clint Capela, rookie contracts are always the best bargains. When you consider the fact these players have the potential to develop into rotation players or even starters and they still remain on the low end of roster salaries.

Therefore, if these players had to be replaced with ones outside their rookie contracts it would be more expensive.

It all depends on how they both evolve though. Still, developing young players who thrive playing a part on the team as a role player or even as a starter is always the best way to maneuver cap space.

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Coming this summer GM Daryl Morey will have a lot of headaches trying to figure out the market moods. He’ll have to balance the Kevin Durant factor while dealing with Motiejunas and Jones qualifying offers.

Losing all three without any replacements could prove disastrous. It won’t make things any easier if Howard decides to look for greener pastures.

In conclusion, get ready for the Houston Rockets 2016-2017 free agency period as it is promising to be filled with lots of emotion and action!

Of note: all stats used from this season include up to the first 8 games played.

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