The Houston Rockets revamped their roster by being aggressive in free agency. They convinced Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, Jeff Green, Jock Landale, and Aaron Holiday to play for Ime Udoka in Space City. Fans thought they may bring back James Harden, but the team quickly moved on after hiring their new coach.
The Rockets also added one of the best athletes in the draft in Amen Thompson to boost their young core. They want to return to the playoffs, but that will be easier said than done. Even with the added talent, the Western Conference is loaded and their young core needs to take a significant step forward.
If the Rockets are struggling, they could quickly have second thoughts about their summer spending spree. Which recent signings should fans worry about heading into the 2023-24 season?
Recent signings Houston Rockets will regret come January
4. Jeff Green
The Rockets wanted a veteran locker room leader to help develop their young core and paid handsomely for one. Green signed a two-year $16 million this offseason, but year two is a team option. The 6’8 forward also received a $1.6 million likely incentive each year, which could push his total to $9.6 million this season.
He just helped the Nuggets win the championship, but Green averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 19.5 minutes per game. He will be 37 years old for the entire season and can only play 20 minutes each night at this point in his career.
If Houston is struggling, Jeff Green likely wants to go to a contender before the deadline, but the Rockets will struggle to trade his contract. Since 2017, Green has made $20.2 million or $3.3 million per season over the last six. He is making three times that from the Rockets this season. Finding a team to bite on a 37-year-old reserve earning that much won’t be easy.
The Houston Rockets will likely regret giving Jeff Green the bag this offseason, but it won’t be their only questionable signing.