It’s been two weeks since Damian Lillard shot the Rockets into the offseason, and if the last few are a precursor, expect Daryl Morey to be quite busy this summer. Depending on where the cap ends up and assuming he can move a couple of contracts, the Rockets should have the ability to sign a max player once again. Below I have listed 19 free agents that could help the Rockets next season. Obviously, some will be bigger additions than others.
NOTE: The players listed with options are player options
LeBron James (Option)
There’s basically no chance of this happening, but he has left a team before, so why not?
Carmelo Anthony (Option)
He’s an elite offensive player and has the skill set to remain that well into his 30s. Not sure if he can play power forward in the West as much as he’s done with the Knicks, but if he can, the Rockets will be impossible to guard. The offense won’t always look pretty, especially in the beginning, but it will be good.
Chris Bosh (Option)
I doubt he’ll leave Miami, but a Heat flame-out in the next couple of rounds could change that. He’s a perfect power forward compliment to Dwight Howard. Rockets would be able to play big, but still space the floor.
It didn’t end well the first time, but Lowry has blamed himself for that, and the Rockets reportedly made a run at him before the trade deadline. He’s a 2-way point guard that can hit big shots, and he already knows the offense, having played for Kevin McHale already. Lowry would also provide the Rockets with some much needed toughness.
Eric Bledsoe (Restricted)
Like Patrick Beverly, he dealt with a meniscus injury and only played in 43 games, but Bledsoe is a much better player. He’s a great athlete, outstanding defender, he can get to the rim, and he shot close to 36 percent from the 3-point line. The Suns are notoriously cheap and already have Goran Dragic under contract, so you wonder how willing they’d be to match a large offer sheet.
He wants to play another couple of seasons and I think he could make a great bench guy on a good team. He’d be more than a competent 20 minutes a game type guy, and you could use him at power forward at the offensive end late in games. He’d also provide some toughness and leadership the Rockets sorely need.
Avery Bradley (Restricted)
Not sure how he’d fit or what position he’d play, but Bradley is an elite defender, and he was a competent offensive player on a team that didn’t have many options at that end.
He’s big and can shoot. Was mentioned in the Omer Asik trade talks last winter.
Recently turned 36, but still played more than 30 minutes in 76 games this season. He’s still athletic, still versatile, and can still guard just about anyone, and made 36 percent of his threes.
Josh McRoberts (Option)
He’s big, he can pass, and he can shoot. Had a great season playing next to a true center, Al Jefferson, in Charlotte.
He’s been overpaid for awhile, but he’s still a solid scorer that can play both guard positions. Shouldn’t start for a good team, but can be a solid bench option.
Channing Frye (Option)
Might be the best shooting big man in the league. Teams wouldn’t be able to help off him, and he drag a big to the perimeter, He’d be a liability at the other end.
Greivis Vazquez (Restricted)
Solid offensive point guard that isn’t athletic and can’t guard anyone. He’d be a solid second point guard option if the Rockets trade Jeremy Lin and decide Isaiah Canaan isn’t ready for a minutes jump.
A capable power forward who averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons. Not afraid to mix it up.
Creative offensive player who can pass and shoot.
Made 40 percent of his 400 3-point attempts
Patrick Patterson (Restricted)
Shot 41 percent from downtown as a power forward after being traded to Toronto.
7-footer who can defend the post, rebound, and hit 15-footers. Was an adequate starting center in New Orleans before getting hurt this season.
A poor man’s Channing Frye. Unlikley to get more than the minimum, and would you rather have him at that price or Donatas Montiejunas at $1.5 million?
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