Houston Rockets guard to target #2: Norman Powell
Norman Powell has a player option for $11.6 million next season that he will almost certainly decline. If the Rockets want to add Powell they’ll have to open up the checkbook, but he’d certainly be worth it.
Since 2018-19 Powell has shot 48.9-percent on corner threes and 40.5-percent on all 3-point attempts. The Rockets finished dead last on corner threes at 34.2-percent and third to last on threes overall at 33.9-percent.
Powell would instantly be the Rockets’ best 3-point shooter and help give the team a boost in a serious area of need. 39.2-percent of all shots this season came from beyond the arc. To win in the modern NBA you need to be able to shoot the three.
The only issue with the Rockets pursuing Powell is that he’ll turn 28 in a week and is currently in his prime. There is nothing wrong with a team in a rebuild going after veterans who can help them right away, but it would be a massive investment for a player who won’t be impacting a real playoff race.
Who the Rockets target in free agency will show what their vision of their rebuild will be. If they go after Powell then it means they believe in a year or two they can be a playoff team, but if they pursue someone like Malik Monk then they believe they’re closer to five years away.
Norman Powell is an awesome player who fills an area of desperate need for the Rockets. However, he doesn’t exactly fit their timeline. The Rockets should see how much he’ll cost, but if it is in excess of $20 million then they should pass and look to build for 2023 and beyond.