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Houston Rockets: Top-5 2022 free agent guards

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Houston Rockets Free Agent Guard #5 Donte DiVencenzo

When the Sacramento Kings failed to offer Donte DiVencenzo a qualifying offer I was shocked. All the Kings needed to do to have DiVencenzo be a restricted free agent was offer him a one-year $6.6 million deal. Instead, they decided to let him hit unrestricted free agency after trading for him in February of that same year. For any other organization, this would be a massive mistake, but for the Kings, it’s business as usual. 

DiVencenzo wasn’t lighting the world on fire last season, but his track record as a two-way guard should have won the day. He was also coming off of a serious ankle injury, and when you look underneath the hood, it’s pretty easy to guess that he was still working his way back. 

DiVencenzo’s 3-point shooting was very good for the Kings, but dismal production on 2-pointers tanked his production. His ability to get to the rim and then finish was diminished. It’s not hard to imagine a player coming back from an ankle injury needing the most time to get that aspect of their game back. 

The Kings doing their thing should be music to the rest of the league’s ears. DiVencenzo, before his injury, was an integral part of the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s hard to find solid defensive guards that can shoot, dribble, and do some secondary playmaking. He’s not a star, but he’s the perfect type of player to orbit around one. 

The Rockets, like all teams, could use a player like DiVencenzo. If his 2-point shooting comes back, he’s a high-end role player, and if it never does, he’s still a solid 3-and-D guard that’s five years from turning 30. DiVencenzo won’t be cheap, but there’s a world where the Rockets can offer him the biggest role and the best chance to build his value. 

Even if the Rockets can’t get him at a discount, exchanging Eric Gordon for him would be a fantastic piece of business. Donte DiVencenzo looks poised to join the long list of players that the Kings absolutely made a mistake on.