The following is a list of 2016 free agent shooting guards, which is an area the Houston Rockets are obviously strong in with their franchise star James Harden. That said it offers some quality back up and specialist free agents who could provide depth or fill a role.
Now that it appears the Houston Rockets will hire Mike D’Antoni 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.
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.
This list provides the shooting guards, again conceivably a position the Houston Rockets could look to add depth or bring in a defensive or 3 point specialist:
- Arron Afflalo, PO, Knicks
- Alan Anderson, Wizards
- James Anderson, Kings
- Leandro Barbosa, Warriors
- Jerryd Bayless, Bucks
- Bradley Beal, RFA, Wizards
- Markel Brown RFA, Nets
- Ian Clark, RFA, Warriors
- Allen Crabbe, RFA, Blazers
- Jamal Crawford, Clippers
- Troy Daniels RFA, Hornets
- DeMar DeRozan, Early Termination Option, Raptors
- Wayne Ellington PO, Nets
- Randy Foye, Thunder
- Manu Ginobili, PO, Spurs
- Eric Gordon, Pelicans
- Gerald Green, Heat
- Gerald Henderson, Blazers
- Tyler Johnson, RFA, Heat
- Courtney Lee, Hornets
- Kevin Martin, Spurs
- O.J. Mayo, Bucks
- E’Twaun Moore, Bulls
- Xavier Munford, TO, RFA, Grizzlies
- Austin Rivers, PO, Clippers
- Brandon Rush, Warriors
- J.R. Smith, PO, Cavs
- Jason Terry, Rockets
- Marcus Thornton, Wizards
- Evan Turner, Celtics
- Sasha Vujacic, Knicks
- Dwyane Wade, Heat
- Dion Waiters, RFA, Thunder
Acronyms: PO = Player Option, TO = Team Option, RFA = Restricted Free Agent
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Of the 13 shooting guards linked above they fall into different categories:
There are a few top tier All-Star type shooting guards such as DeRozan, possibly Beal and regardless of his age Wade is still an All-Star caliber SG.
There are 2-way SGs like Turner and Lee, specialists like Crawford and Smith. Next there are young guys with untapped ceilings like Johnson and Crabbe and nice reserve pieces like Gordon and Waiters.
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.
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