4 pressing questions Rockets must answer after All-Star break

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 1. Should Jalen Green be given a contract extension this summer?

Jalen Green has proven capable of getting buckets at will. His archetype is that of a three-level scorer who can be relied upon for instant offense.

Much like Zach LaVine and Bradley Beal in their primes. Green has even drawn comparisons to Devin Booker, based on his career trajectory through his first two seasons.

The 2023-24 season has been a roller coaster for the former second overall pick, as he’s had highs (24.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 60.4 percent true shooting in a seven game stretch) and lows (7.5 points, 30.7 percent from the field, 10 percent from deep in two of the last three games).

The talent is there. And Green still hasn’t scratched the surface of his potential yet.

He’s improved as a playmaker and has channeled his youth and athleticism on the glass (three consecutive double-doubles in January).

The 21-year-old is still developing. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as young scoring guards often take longer to develop.

But there’s a possibility that Green doesn’t ever reach his full potential. That’s always the dark reality.

Green is eligible for a rookie-scale extension this summer, which the Rockets would surely not be thrilled to dole out, based on the inconsistency this season. Hell, the Rockets were willing to deal him reportedly.

Maybe they’ve already made their decision.

But if they aren’t able to land a star, they’ll have a tough decision to make on whether to pay Green this summer or let him ride out the final year of his deal and risk losing him as a restricted free agent in 2025.