Backcourt targets for the Rockets at the deadline
Point Guard-Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart remains one of the game's true elite defenders. His point-of-attack defense would give the Rockets a huge boost and he's a tremendous switchable defender.
Smart is also a vocal leader, much like Fred VanVleet, which is what Rockets coach Ime Udoka has been seeking to add to the mix. Not to mention the strong relationship held between the two.
Smart's short tenure in Memphis hasn't quite gone as well as he likely hoped, but he's still averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 assists. However, he's currently out of commission due to a ruptured joint on his right ring finger, but he's expected to be back shortly after the All-Star break and would have plenty of time to help the Rockets make a play-in push.
Shooting Guard-Quentin Grimes
Houston sports fans are well aware of Quentin Grimes. It wasn't that long ago when he led the Houston Cougars to the Final Four in 2020-21, for the first time since 1984.
Grimes has landed in the doghouse of New York Knicks coach and former Rockets assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and has struggled to get playing time. He's still been productive, however, as he's averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per 100 possessions, which is likely why the Rockets are interested in landing the greater Houston native.
Oh, and he's also made 38.3 percent of his long-range attempts, which the Rockets could desperately use, as they rank 24th in 3-point efficiency at 35.4 percent. The 23-year-old is also a formidable defender, which has the Rockets could also use, as their defense has tailed off of late.