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5 Veterans the Rockets should target to help the core develop 

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Veteran #1 D’Angelo Russell 

D’Angelo Russell has endured a rough start to the season as the Minnesota Timberwolves try to incorporate Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns into their offense. However, Russell remains an extremely gifted passer, is a consistent 3-point threat, and has shown the ability to play next to score first guards. 

Over the past five seasons, he has averaged 20.1 points on 36.1% 3-point shooting, 6.6 assists, and 2.9 turnovers per game. In many respects, Russell is the point guard that certain Rockets fans pretend Kevin Porter Jr. is. 

Russell won’t be available to the Rockets this season. The Timberwolves are trying to compete, and if he is moved, the Rockets don’t have the salaries or caliber of player to pry him from Minnesota. However, he will be 27 heading into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and the Rockets have a mountain of cap space. 

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Russell is coming off a deal that nearly paid him $30 million annually, which might be a bit rich for the Rockets’ liking, but they could always front load the contract and have the salary numbers descend. With the way the cap is expected to rise, paying Russell $24 million in 2027 could be a bargain.