7 players the Houston Rockets should target on the buyout market

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5. Reggie Bullock

At 6-foot-7, Reggie Bullock would be a welcome addition to the small ball lineup that the Houston Rockets employ. The seven-year veteran is a career 38.5 percent 3-point shooter and shot a lethal 44.5 percent from long-range during the 2017-18 season, which was second-best in the league.

Bullock would be a perfect fit alongside Russell Westbrook, who could set him up for open looks. He’d also be perfect playing alongside James Harden, because he’d have wide open shots when Harden draws the double-team.

The 28-year-old forward is averaging 13.4 points per 36 minutes and hasn’t been a fit on a Knicks team that has too many forwards, which is the opposite of the makeup of the Houston Rockets. Granted, Bullock doesn’t move the needle on the defensive end, and he’s also not much of a rebounder, but he can certainly shoot the trey, which the Rockets love.

From a contractual standpoint, the 2019-20 season is the last guaranteed year on his deal, which makes him a buyout option for a Knicks team that isn’t going anywhere this season. The 2020-21 season is technically the final year on his deal, but it’s a non-guaranteed season, which makes it easier for the Knicks to cut ties with him now.

Many expected the Knicks to try and trade Bullock to retrieve assets for the big man, but since that didn’t happen, it would be quite a surprise if he weren’t bought out. If he is, the Rockets would be wise to bring him in.

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