With the Houston Rockets reportedly looking for more size and depth, here are five current NBA free agents that could be the solution to these needs.
When the Houston Rockets last faced off against the Utah Jazz, it became clear that the Rockets were significantly lacking in one specific area. No, it’s not the size element that you’ve heard about from the national media at nauseam, as the small-ball experiment actually worked against Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
What was clearly evident in that game was that the Rockets lack a championship-level bench. The Rockets’ bench was outscored 47-13 in that game, which is a significant disparity.
Many people have chalked the disparity up to Jordan Clarkson going off to the tune of 30 points, which isn’t necessarily relevant considering the fact that the Rockets bench would have still been outscored even without Clarkson’s 30. There have been others who have chalked it up to the Rockets being without Eric Gordon, which simply shows that Gordon is essentially the Rockets entire bench.
The Rockets are certainly in need of bench depth, not to mention their need for an additional big to soften the height discrepancy they suffered upon trading away Clint Capela. With the trade deadline already over and the Rockets having lost out to several valuable contributors on the buyout market such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, many have forgotten about an alternative option the Rockets still have: free agency.
It’s gone forgotten about but there are quality players who are currently available to be signed immediately, and many of the names would be valuable additions. We’ve already covered players such as former Utah Jazz forward Jeff Green, former Houston Rockets forward and NBA champion Iman Shumpert, and Bayou City-native Jonathan Simmons, to name a few.
But there are many more available players that can immediately improve the Houston Rockets. With that being said, let’s take a look at five players the Rockets should target on the free agent market.