One free agent is back from injury and could be a good fit with the Rockets.
The Houston Rockets are getting ready for another hectic offseason. They are looking to add even more talent and gear up for another run at the Golden State Warriors.
Speaking of the Warriors, star point guard Stephen Curry‘s brother, Seth, is in the headlines today after being medically cleared to play basketball again. He will be an unrestricted free agent after missing most of last season due to injury.
Free agent guard Seth Curry, who missed season with a left tibia fracture, has been medically cleared and engaged in full basketball-related activities for a month, his agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN. Curry had his best season w/ Mavs in 2016-17, averaging 12.8 points in 29 mpg.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2018
While many imagine him being an option for Golden State, would the younger Curry be intriguing for the Rockets? He definitely would fit with the system.
Let’s look at why the Rockets should sign Seth Curry and why they should not:
Reasons why the Rockets should pursue Seth
In his last full season, 2016-17, with Dallas, Curry was great. He really came into his own and was a lights-out shooter, capable of scoring a ton of points on any given night.
He averaged 12.8 points and 2.7 assists per game on 42.5% (!!!) shooting from deep. That is a seriously high percentage, even beating out his brother that year.
We’ll talk about money if both of these sections. The good side of it is that he might try to take a one-year minimum deal and show everyone his value. Then, next offseason, he could cash in on a bigger contract. That would be ideal for the Rockets, especially if they end up with another star.
If the Rockets do get another star, a player like Eric Gordon would have to go due to salary issues. In that case, Seth Curry could step in and fill some of that role. He is a great shooter and has proven himself to be a decent defender at times, too. The Rockets will definitely need another guard off the bench behind Chris Paul and James Harden.
Reasons why the Rockets should not pursue Seth
Seth Curry, for all his strengths, could be an injury waiting to happen. He had two leg injuries during his time in Dallas, including one that held him out all of last season.
There’s no telling if he could regain his form after missing an entire year. He also put up those numbers for a bad Dallas Mavs team. Would he be able to replicate those on a championship-contending team like Houston?
About the money, Seth could want more. He could go for a multi-year deal, wanting the guaranteed money instead of trying to earn more. In that case, he would probably command about the amount of the mid-level exception, which the Rockets might not want to use on a wildcard like Curry.
While his defense has been average at times, he’s also had very poor moments on that end. It could improve if he had more motivation on a contender, like some Rockets this year, but you never know.
When we asked you guys on Twitter what you thought, the general perception was pretty split. Let us know in the tweet below!
Would you want Seth Curry on a cheap deal?
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) June 27, 2018
Overall, we’ll have to see if the Rockets pursue him this offseason. It will be interesting to watch either way!