Houston continues to improve their roster on the second day of free agency.
The Rockets are going for free agents at full force, as always. The team has made some great signings and has missed out on a few. The aggressiveness of Morey means that the Rockets are always going to be looking to improve. The team has already signed Nene today, what could the rest of the day and the rest of free agency hold for Houston?
Power Forward Market
The Houston Rockets are likely in need of a power forward as free agency continues. Unfortunately for the team, two of the top options at that position have signed elsewhere. Serge Ibaka signed this morning with the Toronto Raptors and Taj Gibson signed with the Timberwolves. Both these players could have added some value to the Rockets, especially Ibaka. However, Houston will have to look elsewhere.
Ryan Anderson Trade Update
The Rockets are still having trouble finding a suitor to take Ryan Anderson. His giant contract will be tough to find someone to trade for him, but Morey will surely be trying to do so. It has been rumored that the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns are two teams that will look to take on some contracts.
Woj says Nets still looking for salary dumps.
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) July 1, 2017
Sources: Suns out on Millsap pursuit, turning to use cap space to absorb $ dumps paired w/ assets. Open to moving vets, going all-in young.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Could one of these teams take Ryno off of the hands of the Rockets? Hopefully so.
Late Night Signing
Last night on technically day one of free agency, the Rockets signed veteran wing P.J. Tucker. He will help improve a bench that currently includes him, Nene Hilario, Eric Gordon, and potentially Zhou Qi. Tucker is a great 3-and-D player that the Rockets got for a relatively cheap price of $8 million per year. They used the mid-level exception they received in the Chris Paul trade.
Iman Shumpert Update
Now that the Rockets have signed P.J. Tucker, the need to trade for Iman Shumpert is very low. It has been reported that talks between the Rockets and Cavs have cooled off after the acquisition of Tucker. This may be a blessing in disguise for the Rockets, as Shumpert is more expensive. Look for the Rockets to go after a veteran point guard to back up Chris Paul next.