5 former Rockets that deserve another look in 2020-21

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2. Gerald Green

Gerald Green was signed by the Houston Rockets during the 2017-18 season and he made an instant impact. Green averaged 15.6 points through his first 10 games, while also making 41.4 percent of his threes during that span.

The Houston native also drained a game-winning shot against the Phoenix Suns, which provided further proof of how much of a steal the Houston Rockets got when they inked the 6-foot-7 sharpshooter. Green averaged 12.1 points on 36.9 percent of his threes during the 2017-18 season, and increased his long-range shooting percentage to 37.5 percent during the postseason.

Green made 42.9 percent of his treys during the Rockets’ 2018 Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, which was a clear marker of his upside. Green took a slight decline in minutes in the 2018-19 season, as he went from 22.7 minutes to 20.2 minutes in year two of his second stint with the Rockets and averaged 9.2 points on 35.4 percent from deep.

Green made 37.5 percent of his threes during the Rockets’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the Warriors but failed to land significant playing time due to his inability to defend. Green entered the 2019-20 season with hopes of proving that he had been slept on throughout his career, but suffered a broken foot during the preseason, which sidelined him for the duration of the season.

Green was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade, which allowed the Rockets to land Robert Covington. Green has reportedly been working out in Houston in hopes of landing a contract for the 2020-21 season.

As the former Houston Rockets sharpshooter can provide instant shooting to a Rockets team that finished 24th in 3-point percentage, Green could be a huge boost on a veterans minimum deal.

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