With news the Houston Rockets have hired Mike D’Antoni the offseason work can begin and while the draft is upcoming it’s the free agents the new coach should be carefully focused on.
Perhaps the SCS recent series could be helpful as it broke down all the 2016 NBA free agents by position. Further SCS offered a complete 2017 free agent list by team and took a view to why this year makes more sense for Dwight Howard to opt out. Not to mention he recently indicated a Rockets hire of D’Antonio would not be his preference.
So, expect Howard to opt out and leave and now these free agents become all the more important for the Rockets franchise and their new offensively minded coach.
As for the hire, I’m in a bit of shock Morey would look at an offensive minded coach knowing how poorly the Rockets defense fell last season. Apparently James Harden had a say in the matter which leads me to believe he has no intention (or desire) to play defense or improve in that area. I hope I’m proved incorrect, but this feels more like a shot at Howard who had issues with D’Antoni.
Over the next few days there will be ample time to reflect on the hiring, but for now here’s where you can find all the free agent articles:
Initially this series was conceived to look at Dwight Howard’s potential competition and with a view to this summer depending on who the coaching hire was.
Now with D’Antoni apparently headed to Houston it’s all but a certainty the big man has played his last game in Houston.
This led to pulling together the entire list of free agents by position in the Free Agent series. As mentioned after the draft SCS will dive into Free Agency with a more complete view to fit and need, but for now the following links offer you easy access to each of the 2016 free agents listed by position and finishes with the complete 2017 list by team:
2017 Free Agents by team
As mentioned In the coming weeks following the wrap up of the SCS Draft Prospect Series the next major series the writers will tackle is Free Agents. Specifically the series will look at individuals and dive into which players make sense for the Houston Rockets to target, who might be a logical fit for a low end contract and which major free agents should receive the Rockets priority focus. For now, the above list provides the comprehensive picture.
Make sure you check out the current Space City Scoop series including our year end player analysis, draft prospects worthy of Rockets picking or trading for, our best of reader/fan posts and our end of season Rockets Round Table: