Houston Rockets: 4 bargain players the team can add after the big trade

AftercompletingablockbusterdealforRussellWestbrook,theHoustonRocketsstillneedtomakeafewmovestofillouttherestoftheroster.Herearesomeoptions.

Withallthebignamesoffthefree-agencybitboard,therestofthesigningsthissummerwon’tmakethekindofbanga“KawhitotheClippers”notificationdid.However,thatdoesnotmeantherestillaren’tmovesouttherethatcouldshapethetitleracenextseason,whichmeanstheRocketsaren’tdoneyet.

Therearestillseveralfree-agentsouttherethatcouldsnagrotationminutesforoneofthemanycontenders.TheHoustonRocketscurrentlyhave18playersgoingintotrainingcamp,buteightofthosecontractsarenon-guaranteed.Thismeansthatifthepriceisrightonveteranortwo,someoftheyoungerguyscouldgettheboot.

AndreInguodalaappearstobethepieceHoustonislookingatnext,butifthepricestaystoohightherewilllikelybeaholeonthedepthchartthatwillstillneedfilled.Herearethebestplayersfittograboneofthoseend-of-the-rotationspotsifeverythingfallsintoplace.

FirstonthelisttakesusbacktotheDwightHowardera.Brewerpreviouslyplayednearly200gamesforHoustonoverthecourseofthreeseasonsduringthosedysfunctionaldays.Although,hehasn’taverageddouble-digitscoringsince2015,hewon’treallyneedtowithandRussellWestbrookmanningthebackcourt.

He’sa6-foot9wingthatcanentangletwosandthreesinhislonglimbsonthedefensiveend.TheformerFloridaGatormaynotbeaknock-downshooterbuthe’shadrespectablestretcheswithboththeThunder(34.3percenton6.5attempts)attheendof2018andtheKings(33.3percenton4.0attempts)attheendoflastseason.AddintheringhewonwiththeMavericksin2011andhehasmanyoftheattributestheRocketsneedinabenchplayer.

Nothingwrongwithanotherreunion.Although,hisshootingnumbersdippedinaRocketsuniformlastseason,Shumphashadsomesolidseasonsinthepast.AfterjoiningtheteamaspartoftheMarqueseChrissandBrandonKnightdeal,his3-pointpercentagedroppedto29.6overtwentyregularseasoncontestsaftershootingarespectable36.6percentwiththeKingstostarttheseason.

Sporadicshootinghasdefinedmuchofhiscareer,butsohashisdefense.Hisphysicalityguardingeitherbackcourtspot,orspotminutesatsmallforward,continuetogivehimanavenuetothefloorevenwhentheshotsaren’tfalling.Though,itdoesseemlikehedoesenjoythemomentswiththehighest-stakesconsideringhiscareer3-pointmarkrisesto37.6percentageintheplayoffs.

It’sonlyappropriatethatVinsanity’sfinalseasonwouldbeinaRockets’uniform.Thedaysofjumpingover7-footersarebehindhim(atleastwethink),butasheagedintohis30sandeven40s,heevolvedlikefewsuperstarsbeforehim.Hestillknocksdownthreesatanaboveaverageclip(38.9percentlastseason)andisagreatleaderinthelockerroom.He’sasmartcutterthatcanfillinspotminutesasastretchfouratthisstageofhiscareer.

HereisanotheroversizedwingthatfillsaholetheteamhasleftmostlyunfilledsincetheyletTrevorArizaandLucMbahaMoutewalklastsummer.AlthoughinjurieshaveforcedtheSwissswingmantomiss76gamesoverthelasttwoseasons,he’sstillavaluableplayerwhenhealthy.A6-foot7and220poundswingthatconvertslong-rangelooksata43.6percentclipcanfitintoanyteam’srotation.

FiveThirtyEight’sDraymondmetricalsogradeshimintheupperechelonofdefendersoverthelastfiveseasons.ImagineaddinghimtoaclosinglineupwithWestbrook,Harden,,andP.J.Tucker.You’llhavesomeonewithenoughgravitytokeephismanfromdoublingeitherMVPwhocouldthenrundownandputtheclampsonanAll-Starattheotherend.Whatmorecouldyouaskfor?

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