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

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6. Kent Bazemore

The Houston Rockets finished the 2019-20 season with their worst 3-point shooting percentage since the 2007-08 season, as their 34.5 percent from long-range was proof of their need for more shooting. Enter Kent Bazemore, who is a career 35.1 percent shooter from deep.

Bazemore made 38.4 percent of his threes during his 2019-20 tenure with the Sacramento Kings, which was the second-best mark of his career. Bazemore averaged 10.3 points per game with the Kings, further demonstrating his ability to provide instant offense.

The Rockets could use his shooting and his production off the bench, as they’ll likely need to replace Austin Rivers, who is in prime position to make more than the $2.36 million figure that his player’s option will pay him. In addition, there have been talks about the Rockets dealing Eric Gordon for a key piece, which would further emphasize the need for Bazemore.

The Old Dominion product is coming off a four-year deal that paid him $70 million, which is certainly a figure that he didn’t perform up to. The Rockets would be able to land Bazemore with their mid-level exception, and they could provide the best opportunity for the veteran shooter to contend for a title.

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