Houston Rockets: 10 Bigs the Rockets could possibly target

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4. Dario Saric

Dario Saric is a proven 3-point shooter, demonstrating a career average of 35.3 percent from downtown. This is obviously one of the most valuable skillsets the Rockets are looking for, as they’re struggling from behind the arc and only shooting 34.6 percent from deep, which ranks 20th in the league.

Saric also brings great scoring ability, as he’s a career 12.2 point scorer, which would make for a great rotational player for the Houston Rockets. Saric is currently averaging 10 points per game on 32.4 percent from deep for the Phoenix Suns this season but has shot an average of37.9 percent over the previous two seasons.

Saric has shot at least 36.5 percent from 3-point range in each of the past two seasons and currently has per 36 averages of 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, which would be a welcome addition for a Rockets team in need of scoring and rebounding.

With the Suns currently holding a record of 19-26, it would be wise for them to get assets and/or draft capital for role players who have value around the league. On top of that, the 6-foot-10 power forward is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and you’d have to think Phoenix will get outbid for the services of the 25-year-old Croatian native.

As Saric has a salary of $3.48 million, the Rockets could use their $3.6 million dollar trade exception to match the salaries, and attach a draft pick to reel in the 3-point specialist. This would be simple for the Rockets and it would also be a smart move to land a player like Saric who brings size and 3-point shooting to the floor.

As the Suns aren’t in win-now mode, you’d have to think they would prioritize draft picks over a player like Saric who isn’t going to be the difference in them making the postseason or not.

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