3 “What-if” targets for the Houston Rockets this offseason

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Danilo Gallinari

The 32-year-old Danilo Gallinari would be a great shooter for the Houston Rockets, as he’s made 42 percent from three while averaged 19.2 points per game over the last two seasons. The Rockets also love shooting threes, so there would be no surprise if Morey goes all in for Gallinari.

Gallinari torched the Rockets perimeter during the 2020 playoffs, as he averaged 15 points per game and made almost 41 percent of his threes. In 23 minutes versus Robert Covington, he scored 24 points in seven games, which is not bad.

Gallinari is great at scoring from all over the court, including in one-on-one situations. He will become Harden’s personal scoring wingman if the Rockets include Covington in trade talks.

J.J. Redick

Another player the Rockets should trade for is 36-year-old J.J. Redick, who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. Redick has become a journeyman in the NBA because of his championship aspirations.

But honestly, playing for the Pelicans will not get Redick a championship, as they are in rebuild mode. The Pelicans owe Redick $13 million, which is not a bad price range for the Rockets.

Redick fell right under his career percentage by shooting 45.3 percent from three this previous season. For every team Redick has played for, he has been a reliable shooter because of his quick release and ability to shoot off screens.

While playing for the Pelicans, Redick missed the playoffs for the first time in his career during the 2019-20 season, which could urge him to force a trade out of New Orleans.

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These “what-if” possibilities must come to life if the Houston Rockets want to win a championship before Harden’s time runs out. If the Rockets can sign just one of these guys, while making a trade for Redick, the doors will open for the Rockets to seize a title with Harden, so long as they can find a trade companion for Westbrook or Gordon.