The Houston Rockets will be looking to improve following another series loss to the Golden State Warriors. Can they do just that by signing a certain sharpshooter to join the squad?
The Houston Rockets are in the offseason after losing to the Warriors, and it’s time to start thinking about how the team can improve. Despite the limited salary cap space, Tillman Fertitta has given the front office the green light to spend into the luxury tax if need be.
If the team is going to continue throwing up 3s at historical rates each year, they should probably look to invest in some more guys that can actually hit them. Despite easily leading the league in 3-pointers attempted, the Rockets were just middle of the pack in actual percentage this season.
One guy that would be perfect for this system (and even has a relative on the team) is Danny Green. The longtime Spur enjoyed his best season, arguably, as a member of the Raptors this season and will be a free agent this summer. The second cousin of Gerald Green shot an eye-popping 45.5% from deep this year. Can you imagine him in this system?
Why the Rockets should pursue him
It has been a dream of mine (and many Rockets fans) to get Danny Green to this team at some point. He is a top-tier shooter, something Houston relishes. Green also has a good relationship with the MVP, James Harden. That always helps. Finally, his defense is solid, despite is slightly getting worse with age. He’s been on an All-Defensive team as recently as 2017.
Danny is a 6’6 guard that could also play forward in this system. He would be a reliable role player that wouldn’t lose playing time come postseason. He has a history of hitting big shots in the playoffs and that experience would certainly help.
What it might take
It’s tough to gage what Danny Green might sign for this summer. He’ll certainly have plenty of interest, which should drive up his price. Coming off a season where he shot 45%+ from deep is definitely a nice selling point.
The best scenario, of course, would be for him to accept the MLE. He’s better than that, though, even if he’s getting older. The Rockets will probably need to find a way to maneuver around the cap like they always have been able to do.
It would be very exciting to see Danny Green in Houston, let’s hope they pursue him!