Houston Rockets: Which free agents should be retained?

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Houston Rockets: Should Sterling Brown be retained?

Sterling Brown had the best 3-point shooting season of his career and led the Rockets in 3-point shooting percentage at 42.3-percent. As one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league, keeping him around should be a priority.

Brown’s season came to an abrupt end when he suffered a stab wound while in Miami, but the injury is unlikely to affect him into next season. The market for shooters has become increasingly competitive but the Rockets should be able to land him on a team-friendly deal.

When he was in Milwaukee he averaged 15.7 minutes a game but saw that number skyrocket to 24.1 minutes in Houston. If Brown wants a chance to land a lucrative contract he’ll need minutes and the Rockets should be happy to give him at least 20 minutes a game no matter who they draft.

Sterling Brown isn’t a player that makes or breaks a season but the Rockets can ill afford to lose one of their few reliable shooters from distance and at 6’5 he gives them depth in the backcourt and on the wings. The Rockets should look to keep Brown around for the next few seasons as they build for the future, he’s a solid NBA player and the Rockets had far too few of those this season.

The verdict: re-sign up to $4 million

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