With the Houston Rockets in need of roster additions while being on a tight budget, here are five former Rockets players that could be inked on a veterans minimum deal that are worth consideration.
The Houston Rockets face an uphill battle as it pertains to adding players to their roster, while also doing so on a restricted budget. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has made it known that he would prefer to refrain from having to pay the luxury tax, which could prove to be a tall order.
The Rockets currently have $131.6 million in total taxable salaries, which doesn’t provide much breathing room from the luxury tax threshold, which is currently set at $132.6 million. This means the Rockets would have $944,000 to operate with, in order to stay under the luxury tax, assuming everything remains as is, from a roster standpoint.
Granted, there will be some flexibility, depending on which players exercise their player option and opt out, and which players the Rockets decline their team option for. But either way, the Rockets will be forced to round out the roster with limited funds, which won’t exactly be the an easy thing to do.
But the Rockets could find a fairly easy way to pull this off, as they could simply turn to familiar faces who could be added on the veteran’s minimum, including several who could be added with a fully non-guaranteed deal or a partially-guaranteed deal, which would give the Rockets more flexibility and/or time to make a commitment.
Let’s take a look at five former Rockets that could be added at a fairly low cost, but could provide significant value.
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