The Houston Rockets have been a well-run NBA franchise throughout their existence. Sure, the Rockets had to hit the reset button three years ago, but they had the most consistent postseason appearances prior to that.
The Rockets are historically never going to be the team to dole out an albatross of a contract (although they have a few on their hands at the moment). Instead, the Rockets have traditionally sought to add proven players on the margins, hoping to ink a player to a team-friendly deal, setting the stage for them to easily outplay the contract.
Rockets' stellar management was on display with omission on the worst historical contracts list
This was further proven by YardBarker, as writer Sean Keane compiled a list of 25 of the worst contracts of all-time. The Rockets weren't on the list, unsurprisingly.
But also, the Rockets' sloppy seconds were. Two of the players that the Rockets decided to part with became the worst contracts of all-time for the teams that acquired them, according to Yardbarker, and the Rockets benefited from another player landing one of the worst deals to date, opting to swoop in after the player was bought out, reeling them in for just a fraction of the cost.
Let's take a look at the three.