With the Houston Rockets having already nabbed Christian Wood, the focus must now shift towards rounding out the roster and identifying another big man to back up Wood.
Like every other NBA franchise, the Houston Rockets are seeking to add the necessary ingredients to build a title contender for the 2020-21 season. The Rockets have one of the highest-scoring duos in NBA history, with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who are two former MVPs and who both made the All-NBA team during the 2020-21 season.
The Rockets lacked a true big man after they traded Clint Capela and decided to go small ball full-time, and they changed that in the early goings of the 2020 free agent signing period, adding Christian Wood, who was one of the highest-prized free agent targets. The Rockets are in need of another big man, as they need a reserve, which will allow Wood to have an occasional breather, when need be.
The challenge is that some of the top names have already been taken off the market, such as Nerlens Noel, Tristan Thompson, Serge Ibaka, Montrezl Harrell, and Jerami Grant, not to mention the fact that the Rockets have already lost Jeff Green, who thrived as a small-ball center during the 2019-20 season, and recently inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
Although the remaining options may seem to be limited, the Rockets have several quality options to choose from on the free agent market, although many of the players may not exactly be household names. With Rockets general manager Rafael Stone seeking to round out the roster and in need of an additional big, let’s take a look at six players the Rockets could turn to to fill their need of an additional big man.