4 shooters the Houston Rockets could target this summer

Could Kevin Huerter join the Houston Rockets this summer?
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The NBA playoffs are about to get underway. If your team is on the outside looking in, they've got room to improve.

As a result, teams around the NBA are taking stock. They're looking at their needs, and brainstorming on how to satisfy them. The Houston Rockets are no exception.

This team had two glaring needs throughout 2023-24: shooting and rim protection. With any luck, the latter need has been met. The Rockets traded for an injured Steven Adams with hopes that he'll be healthy enough to protect the rim throughout 2024-25.

With that said, they could stand to add a shooter into the rotation. Ideally, a positionally versatile player will be available. The Rockets have a crowded rotation - they'll want someone
easy to fit into it.

Here are four shooters they might want to target this summer - whether on the trade market or via free agency.

1. Doug McDermott

McDermott should be an easy acquisition. He's an unrestricted free agent. McDermott is also aging out of his effectiveness - he should be available at a reasonable cost.

Meanwhile, he still connected on 41.0% of his three-point attempts last year. Go to McDermott's basketball reference page. We'll wait. Find us a season where he shot below league average from long range.

You'll need to turn to his 2014-15 rookie season. Otherwise, McDermott has been a knockdown shooter for the rest of his long career. Does that make him the perfect fit for Houston?

Not necessarily. The Rockets have been etching out a defensive identity under head coach Ime Udoka. McDermott is a liability on that end of the floor. The Rockets may prefer a shooting specialist who can't be exploited so easily.