15 former Rockets that are still available on the free agent market

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1. Christian Wood

Christian Wood was the Rockets' prized free agent signing in 2020 and was a sign that the small ball era was over. Wood had bounced around the league before coming to Houston, as he played for five different teams in the first five years of his career.

The Rockets were the only team that gave him a multi-year commitment and he ran with the opportunity, joining Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic as the only players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, while also shooting 50 percent from the field and at least 35 percent from three in 2020-21. Wood averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, 51.4 percent shooting, and 37.4 percent from deep, which seemed like something to build on.

However, the second season for Wood in Houston was a bit different, as his poor attitude reached a boiling point, causing him to get suspended for a game for essentially insubordination. On the year, Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 50.1 percent shooting, and 39 percent from long-range, but the behavioral issues were enough to influence the Rockets into trading him to the Dallas Mavericks, who gave up a first-round pick to land him after losing Jalen Brunson in free agency to the New York Knicks.

Within months, Wood was on the trade block, although the Mavs weren't able to fetch what they gave up for the talented big man. On the year, Wood averaged 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 51.5 percent from the field, and 37.6 percent from deep, but the Mavs decided against keeping him after the final year of his contract.

Wood is easily the most talented player on the free agent market but he's learned several valuable lessons since being dealt by the Rockets- the one team that was willing to build around him- after the trade.