1. Marc Gasol
Obviously, Marc Gasol is on a lot of Houston Rockets fans’ wishlist, but bringing him in may be tricky and could be a longshot. The reason being is that the 2019-20 season was the final year of Gasol’s contract, and he is now an unrestricted free agent.
Gasol made about $25 million this past season with the Raptors, and despite being 35-years-old, he could possibly still be looking for a decent-sized contract to end his career.
The best-case scenario for hopes of landing Gasol in Houston is that the Rockets move some contracts like Eric Gordon’s, for example, and hope that Marc accepts a lower value contract to make a championship run in the Western Conference possibly.
As far as fitting in with the current Rockets squad, Gasol should fit in well, coming off a shooting percentage of .385 from deep. The only issue is the pace the Rockets move at may be too rapid for the aging center, but the gameplan could be adjusted with a new head coach coming in.
Overall, a true reliable center would bring another layer to this Houston Rockets team that adds depth to the rotations and lets the role players like Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker cool down and take the weight off their shoulders. But with the Rockets’ tight salary cap space, these centers outside of Marc Gasol bring the most to the table on some extremely inexpensive costs.