3 free agent options for the Rockets' biggest need

2023 NBA Summer League - Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets
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Honorable Mention: Justise Winslow

Obviously, Justise Winslow isn't a big man. I'm fully aware of that.

The Houston-native is a Swiss-army knife and jack of all trades. Winslow has never shied away from manning the fort defensively and taking on the top offensive threat on the opposing team.

Winslow does things that don't necessarily show up on the stat sheet. Whether it's playing the passing lanes, applying ball pressure, altering shots, his impact is felt on the defensive end of the floor.

That can be the case when a player is able to defend every position on the floor. And it doesn't hurt that Winslow has a 6-foot-10 wingspan.

On the other end of the floor, Winslow isn't as clean of a fit for the Rockets, as he's not a great shooter. He's far from it, actually.

(Which is sort of why I group him with the bigs).

Winslow can operate as a poor man's Draymond Green, as he can operate as a ballhandler, allowing Fred VanVleet and Jalen Green to play off ball. Winslow can drive and kick out to open shooters (although the Rockets don't exactly have many 3-point snipers).

Winslow presents versatility and a high basketball IQ, especially on the defensive end.

And we know how much Rockets coach Ime Udoka values defensive prowess and tenacity. Udoka also values veterans and Winslow is entering his ninth season in the league (although he's still only 27-years-old).