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4 Centers the Houston Rockets should target in free agency

By Mark Camarena
Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Kyle O’Quinn #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

2. Kyle O’Quinn

Yet another eight-year veteran on the free-agent market, Kyle O’Quinn could come to Houston and surprise a lot of people similar to how Jeff Green did this past season, considering he will receive a lot fewer minutes than Green. When last seen in the NBA bubble on the Philadelphia 76ers, O’Quinn showcased an excellent ability to handle the ball and dish it out effectively in minimal minutes off the bench.

An excellent mid-range scorer who can knock down perimeter shots at a percentage of .259, O’Quinn can stretch the court and keep possessions moving at a solid tempo.

Realistically O’Quinn is not going to get 20 minutes per game and put up outrageous stat lines, but in an ideal world, if the plan is to keep P.J Tucker at the center position, O’Quinn can come in for at least 10 minutes per game and take a portion of the load off of him.

Allowing Tucker to maintain fresh legs in games after seeing him ice up consistently this past post-season, an inexpensive, underrated 30-year old veteran in Kyle O’Quinn would be a smart signing by the Rockets front office.

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