Houston Rockets free agency option #3: Hamidou Diallo
Over the years it's been proven that the Houston Rockets love having wing depth. The Rockets have been blessed with an abundance of options at that position and find themselves in need of a legitimate small forward.
In this case, one of the better options available on the market is Hamidou Diallo, who split time between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Detroit Pistons in 2020-21, after he was traded at the deadline. At just 23-years-old, Diallo would easily fit in with the Rockets' young core, but he is also still developing his game.
Last season, Diallo averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, which were easily career highs for the 6-foot-5 wing. Diallo is uber-athletic and is a problem for opposing defenses when he gets downhill.
In addition, he's a high-energy player, which Rockets coach Stephen Silas would appreciate. Although Diallo isn't a reliable 3-point shooter by any stretch of the imagination, he showed promise from long-range with the Pistons, as he made 39% of his threes on 2.1 attempts.
On the other end of the floor, Diallo is arguably most valuable, as he brings elite defense and has the potential to be a true lockdown defender, in part because of his near 7-foot wingspan (6-11 to be exact). The challenge that the Rockets would face in adding Diallo is that the Pistons extended him a qualifying offer and have the right to match any offer that he should receive.
But if the price is right, adding Diallo would give the Rockets an athletic wing who would provide elite defense.