10 players the Rockets could add with the mid-level exception

D.J. Augustin #14 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
D.J. Augustin #14 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Maurice Harkless #3 of the New York Knicks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

7. Moe Harkless

At 6-foot-7, Moe Harkless would provide the Rockets with yet another versatile wing, which a team can never have too many of. Harkless would also allow the Rockets to part with Danuel House, who many believe will be dealt, due to his violation of the NBA’s protocol inside of the bubble.

Harkless presents a solid 3-point shooter, as he made 37 percent of his threes during his 2019-20 stint with the LA Clippers. All in all, Harkless made 34.7 percent of his threes last season, which is slightly above average.

Harkless’ frame makes him a switchable defender, and he ranked among the league’s best pick-and-roll defenders during the 2018-19 season. Harkless flashed his defensive dominance during the Clippers’ November 3rd matchup against the Utah Jazz, as he held Donovan Mitchell to just two points on eight possessions in which he was defended by Harkless, in addition to Harkless forcing two turnovers.

Mitchell went off to the tune of 36 points, but struggled when defended by Harkless. At just 27 years-of-age, Harkless would present youth to a Rockets team that was one of the oldest teams during the 2019-20 season.

Harkless would be worth the Rockets’ mid-level, and he figures to garner interest across the league, as his contract expired, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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