9 point guards the Rockets can still pursue in free agency

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7. Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell has proven to be very good in a reserve role, which is exactly what the Rockets would need of him. The 27-year-old guard has proven to be a steady 3-point shooter, as he has a career average of 36.7 percent from deep and even made 40.3 percent of his triples during his 2016-17 stint with the Dallas Mavericks.

Ferrell’s 3-point shooting efficiency slipped to 30.4 percent during the 2019-20 season, and his 10.6 minutes per game surely didn’t help, as he didn’t have many opportunities to get into a shooting rhythm. Ferrell posted averages of 14.8 points and 4.7 assists per 36 minutes, and his ability to create offense for others and create for himself should garner interest around the league.

Although Ferrell doesn’t move the needle much on the defensive end, he still provides value as a sparkplug on the bench. The Indiana native would surely be enticed by the opportunity to join a contending team such as the Houston Rockets, and especially after spending the last two seasons on the Sacramento Kings.

To that point, Ferrell has never made the playoffs through his first four seasons in the league, and the Rockets have made the postseason for eight consecutive seasons. Ferrell’s presence on the roster could also allow the Rockets to rest Russell Westbrook on back to backs, assuming Westbrook remains with the franchise for the 2020-21 season.

The Rockets would figure to be able to sign Ferrell on the minimum, which is essentially what they’re limited to, barring a trade, and the Rockets could do worse with a short-term, low-cost investment such as the veterans minimum.

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