Every decision the Houston Rockets make is made with an eye on the future. Whether they’re drafting, swinging a trade, or signing guys in free agency, the Rockets are trying to be great in 2025, not 2021.
While this strategy won’t lead to a playoff push in 2021, it dramatically improves the Rockets' chances of winning their third NBA Championship down the line. The Rockets have kept their eye on the future by nailing the 2021 NBA Draft, signing David Nwaba and Daniel Theis, but they have made one very confusing decision, not re-signing Sterling Brown.
Sterling Brown is not a household name, he’s not a superstar, he’s not an All-Star, he’s probably not even a starter, but he would have been very helpful to the Rockets’ goal of winning another championship.
Superstars get all the glory but their accomplishments are as much a testament to their prowess as to the role players that surround them. If it wasn’t for Robert Horry’s heroics in the 1995 playoffs, there’s a chance that Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets are sitting on one, and not two, NBA championships.
Sterling Brown is the type of role player that has those heroics in his belt. By not re-signing him, the Rockets missed out on the possibility of Brown providing an everlasting playoff memory or the chance to recoup assets should another team turn to Brown to boost their rotation.
All it took for the Dallas Mavericks to land Sterling Brown was a two-year, $6.2 million contract. The Rockets should have kept Sterling Brown. It’s as simple as that. These are the top three reasons why the Rockets not re-signing Sterling Brown was a mistake.