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.
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.