5 Current NBA free agents the Houston Rockets should consider

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4. C.J. Miles

C.J. Miles is an interesting name because he’s a wing who can shoot the trey, which the Houston Rockets have been rumored to still be in search of. At 6-foot-6, Miles has the size to defend either forward position, and can even play center in the Rockets’ small-ball lineup.

Miles is a career 9.6 point scorer, and is also a career 35.8 percent long-range shooter, which should appeal to a Rockets team that’s known for letting it fly from deep. In limited action with the Washington Wizards this season, Miles has averaged 2.2 steals per 36 minutes, and is an underrated defender.

Miles has been a part of eight playoff teams throughout his 15-year career, and is the type of veteran presence we’ve seen Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni lean on throughout his Rockets tenure.

Miles has a proven history of providing valuable 3-point shooting during many of his stops around the league. During his second year with the Utah Jazz, which was the 2007-08 season, Miles shot 39 percent from deep, which was second-best on the team.

Miles also shot 38.4 percent from downtown during the 2012-13 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was second to only Kyrie Irving. The long-range sniper followed that up with a 2013-14 season with the Cavs in which he shot 39.3 percent from deep, which was also good for second-best on the team.

Miles spent the following three seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and he shot 41.3 percent from distance during the 2016-17 season, which was a team-high and the tenth-best 3-point clip in the NBA.

During Miles’ final postseason appearance, which was the 2017-18 season with the Toronto Raptors, he shot a blazing 42.2 percent from downtown, which was his 13th season in the league. This proves the consistency with which Miles has been able to shoot the trey, which is a need for the Houston Rockets.

The Texas-native was released by the Wizards this season, which is understandable because they’re rebuilding and have no need for a veteran, as they need young pieces instead. The Rockets would be wise to give Miles a look, because it’d be a low cost move, which could have high upside.

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