With the Houston Rockets in need of a backup guard, here are nine players Rockets general manager Rafael Stone should set his sights on.
On Sunday it was announced that former Houston Rockets point guard Austin Rivers was going to be joining the New York Knicks, inking a three-year deal worth $10 million. The move should have come as very little surprise, as Rivers exercised his player option earlier in the offseason, and there were rumors that he was unhappy in Houston.
Rivers also turned down several higher paying deals in the offseason of 2019 to remain with the Rockets, which set the stage for him to opt out in 2020 to re-coup some of the money he lost out on. Although Rivers became a bit of a fan favorite, in part because of selfless gestures such as this one, he didn’t perform well in the playoffs, as he made just 31.1 percent of his field goals and 25.7 percent of his threes.
The Rockets will likely be seeking to add someone on the veterans-minimum, as they currently remain hard-capped, which is a price to pay for having two superstar players on supermax deals, such as James Harden and Russell Westbrook. But the Rockets should have no problem adding a quality point guard on the minimum, as there are an abundance of options remaining on the market.
With Rockets general manager Rafael Stone and crew in need of a replacement for Rivers and free agency having been underway for over 48 hours now, let’s take a look at nine deeper adds the Rockets’ brass can choose from.
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