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Houston Rockets: Buyout options the team should look to sign

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 14: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks to the bench as he is helped up by Gerald Green #14, Danuel House Jr. #4 and Gary Clark #6 after taking a charge during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center on January 14, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 14: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets looks to the bench as he is helped up by Gerald Green #14, Danuel House Jr. #4 and Gary Clark #6 after taking a charge during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center on January 14, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets had a fairly quiet trade deadline, picking up one nice rotational piece and shedding some salary to get under the luxury cap. Who else can they look to add to their team in the buyout market?

The Houston Rockets are always looking to improve their roster. With championship aspirations still despite the rough start and many injuries, the team will look to continue to add pieces to help improve the team before the playoffs begin.

Today, Daryl Morey said that the Rockets are already in conversations with a few players and are trying to get some buyout players to come to Houston. Here’s what he had to say via Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.

.@dmorey says the #Rockets will be “active” with buyout market. They’re “having multiple conversations, and have a couple of players at the top of the list.”

— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) February 8, 2019

Added depth

At the trade deadline, the Rockets only really made one move to add to the team. They traded away Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, getting back Iman Shumpert from the Kings and a couple of players from the Cavs who were eventually traded for cap relief.

Shumpert brings some intensity on both ends of the court that the Rockets really needed. He should be a good perimeter defender for the team and is also shooting over 39% on catch-and-shoot 3s (also via Alykhan Bijani).

These trades also left open roster spots for the Rockets that will likely be taken by buyout players and/or Danuel House, should those negotiations start going smoother. Who are some of the guys we could potentially see in Rockets red by the end of the year? Let’s look at a few of my favorites.

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