Ranking the 5 worst free agent signings in Houston Rockets history

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Last summer, the Houston Rockets spent a fortune in free agency. The results speak for themselves - they were the most improved team in the NBA.

Does that mean that we'll remember each signing as a success? Time will tell. Sometimes, a signing looks better initially than it does with the benefit of hindsight.

We're looking at you, Dillon Brooks.

Jokes (?) aside, every signing in Rockets history hasn't exactly panned out. As with any franchise, there have been missteps. The Rockets have handed out some deals that they'd eventually wish they could take back.

Here are the five worst free agent signings in Rockets history.

5. Brent Price

Did Price benefit from being associated with his brother? It's worth noting that Mark Price was one of the best point guards of his generation.

Nobody expected the same type of production from Brent. It was clear that he was a shooting specialist. When the Rockets handed him a 7-year, $18 million deal in 1996 (a lucrative deal at the time), they were expecting elite floor spacing.

After all, Price shot 46.2% from deep in 1995-96. Unfortunately, his accuracy fell off a cliff when he joined the Rockets for 1996-97. Price shot 32.1% during his inaugural season with the Rockets.

His minutes were slashed as a result. Price never recovered. He spent two more years with the Rockets before heading to the Vancouver Grizzlies as an afterthought in the Steve Francis trade.