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Houston Rockets: Top-5 Free agency needs

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The Houston Rockets offseason makeover has only just begun. With the 2021 NBA Draft now complete, NBA free agency is set to begin at 6 pm today. The condensed nature of the season has spilled over to the offseason as moves are expected to come fast and furious. 

The Rockets 2021 NBA Draft was a rousing success as they added Jalen Green, Aleperun Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Josh Christopher. However, as bright as that quartet’s future is, their impact in 2021-22 won’t be enough to push them out of the bottom of the Western Conference. 

What will the Houston Rockets do in free agency

Blockbuster trades and sign-and-trades have already been agreed upon or are in motion. The Rockets, as a rebuilding team, are likely to sit on the sidelines as the balance of power shifts in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean they’ll stand idly by in free agency

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The Rockets, after posting the worst record in the league, have a lot of work to do if they want to fortify their roster. They were the third-worst 3-point shooting team and posted the fourth-worst defensive rating as they limped to a 17-55 record. 

There is little doubt that injuries played a part in the Rockets' pitiful showing but smart teams build injury-resistant rosters. What will the Rockets prioritize in free agency? Will it be immediate veteran help? Will they target bounce-back candidates? Or will they take a wait-and-see approach before pouncing on high-value moves when they’re available?

Regardless of their free agency strategy, the Rockets have a laundry list of needs. These are their top five needs as free agency is set to begin.