Houston Rockets predicted to lose veteran guard this summer

The Houston Rockets may not keep the band together this summer
The Houston Rockets may not keep the band together this summer / Jess Rapfogel/GettyImages

Should the Houston Rockets "run it back"?

It's one of the most discussed topics around the team. Should the Rockets take a major swing at a win-now star? Or, should they stay the course and value continuity?

It's a tough call. Still, even if you land on the side of continuity, you can't expect the whole roster back. The Rockets will inevitably lose - and gain - some players.

It seems like they might lose Aaron Holiday.

Houston Rockets beat reporter says Holiday will leave team

The Athletic's Kelly Iko is under the impression that Holiday is a goner.

That makes sense. Holiday signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Rockets last summer. He outperformed his contract. Holiday isn't going to command major money anywhere, but he is likely to find a moderate raise.

Should the Rockets give it to him?

Houston Rockets can afford to move on from Holiday

Ultimately, it's a fairly inconsequential decision.

Holiday played 16.3 minutes per game last season. The Rockets would need to replace his 38.7% three-point shooting. That floor spacing was integral to a notoriously poor team at shooting.

Still, that shooting can be replaced. Frankly, it may be better suited coming from a slightly different player. Holiday is a ball-handler by nature. Rockets fans were at times frustrated with his tendency to command the rock at the expense of younger players like Amen Thompson and Jalen Green.

A player like Malik Beasley or Luke Kennard may better serve this core. Even slotting Reed Sheppard into Holiday's spot would be interesting. Sheppard may struggle to replicate Holiday's all-around impact as a rookie, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him exceed 38.7% from long-range.

Either way, the Rockets should be grateful for the time Holiday spent on the roster. Who knows? They may even bring him back.

...Long live the Aaron Holiday era?