4 Centers the Houston Rockets should target in free agency

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4. Meyers Leonard

Currently, in his eighth season in the NBA, Meyers Leonard will hit the free-agent market in this year’s NBA offseason. He should draw premier interest from the Rockets, primarily from his ability to score. A threat at the 3-point line with a career shooting percentage of .390 can also hit shots from mid-range, and inside the paint, Leonard could be a dangerous rotation piece for Clutch City.

Leonard is an average defender at best in the post, but can still stand out on defense due to his 7-foot tall stature. After nursing an ankle injury earlier in the year and coming off a reasonably inexpensive deal, the cost for Houston to bring him in should not be too high in regards to the tight salary cap room. Especially hopping on another contending team, Leonard to Houston seems like a solid match.

3. Aron Baynes

Aron Baynes carved out a nice niche for himself with the Phoenix Suns, contributing to their undefeated NBA bubble run. Now heading into free agency with eight years under his belt, Baynes finds himself possibly looking for a new uniform.

Interest from Houston should be garnered from the fact that Baynes is currently 33-years-old and will not be looking for a big contract. If the Rockets sign Baynes for the right amount, they will have a solid all-around scorer at the center position. Baynes provides the same defensive ability discussed with Leonard, as he’s average in the post.

Coming off his best year from deep with a percentage of .351, Baynes can make the most of his minutes in the Houston Rockets rotation.

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