The following is a list of 2016 free agent point guards, which is an area the Rockets still have a need to focus on.
Now that it appears the Houston Rockets will hire Mike D’Antoni (yikes) it’s time for the team to buckle down and to figure out who they should pick in the upcoming draft and begin the work to target free agents. Though GM Daryl Morey will make the roster moves ideally he should be working with input from D’Antoni.
Further the style of play a head coach brings and his personal relationship with players can work for or against a club. Hence, it’s likely Dwight Howard will be gone, but given D’Antoni has literally quit on teams in the past there may be other players who don’t want to play for him again.
Space City Scoop has been focused on year end analysis and draft prospects as you’ve seen on the site. After the draft we’ll dig into the free agent market with vigor.
For now we wanted to give you a sneak peak of the available talent this summer. To that end SCS is bringing a full list of all free agents by position for this summer.
First up are the point guards, conceivably a position the Houston Rockets are still looking to upgrade:
2016 Point Guards:
- D.J. Augustin, Nuggets
- Steve Blake, Pistons
- Aaron Brooks, Bulls
- Norris Cole, Pelicans
- Mike Conley, Grizzlies
- Seth Curry, RFA, Kings
- Matthew Dellavedova, RFA Cavs
- Jordan Farmar, Grizzlies
- Raymond Felton, Mavs
- Tim Frazier, RFA, Pelicans
- Langston Galloway, RFA, Knicks
- Jorge Gutierrez RFA, Hornets
- Kirk Hinrich, Hawks
- Marcelo Huertas, RFA, Lakers
- Brandon Jennings, Magic
- Shane Larkin PO, Nets
- Ty Lawson, Pacers
- Jeremy Lin PO, Hornets
- Jordan McRae, Rookie TO, Cavs
- Andre Miller, Spurs
- Ronnie Price, Suns
- Pablo Prigioni, Clippers
- Willie Reed RFA, Nets
- Brian Roberts, Blazers
- Rajon Rondo, Kings
- Ramon Sessions, Wizards
- Donald Sloan, Nets
- Ish Smith, 76ers
- Greivis Vasquez, Bucks
- Deron Williams, PO, Mavs
- Mo Williams, PO, Cavs
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Acronyms: PO = Player Option, TO = Team Option, RFA = Restricted Free Agent
For the four linked point guards they’ll benefit from so few top end point guards being available in this free agent market. Conley will likely get the most interest, with the other 3 due to get decent contracts as well.
For the rest, there are many second tier point guards, but until the summer of 2017 if you need a top end point guard it will require a trade of luring one of the 4 above.
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: