The Rockets disappointing season has been discussed adnauseum, and despite having the 3rd best winning percentage of any NBA team over the course of the last 10 years, the media and fans alike have painted houston in a very negative light. Yes, this season was far from successful, and yes changes will need to be made, but the organization has a track record of winning. Here are some of the key free agents that can return Houston to winning ways.
With Luke Walton getting snapped up by the Lakers, Thibodeau heading way of Minnesota, and Scott Brooks on his way to Washington, the coaching market has thinned out quite a bit recently. There are still some good options though.
J.B wouldn’t be a popular choice in the Rockets fan base, but it’s possible the guy ends up a good coach under a different set of circumstances. Morey and the crew might still have faith in the young coach.
Jeff Van Gundy on the other hand might be the coach most rockets fans desperately want. His defensive style could make his return to the rockets just what the doctor ordered. Does he want to get back into coaching though? Only time will tell. But if he does, many fans think he’s the answer.
David Blatt hasn’t seemed to be on the Rocket’s radar, but he was a decorated coach in Europe and proved he can handle the NBA game in Cleveland. There are concerns that he struggles with big egos though, and it is possible he and Harden may not gel.
Lionel Hollins would be a very conservative coaching choice by Rockets standards, but it is possible his experience and stability would make him an attractive candidate for the Rockets position.
Of course there are many more coaches that are likely under consideration like spurs assistant Ime Udoka and Hardens Ex team mate at OKC and current connecticut coach Kevin Ollie. No matter what the coach chosen will of course have a massive impact on the players they can get in the off season and on play throughout the season. It is the most important decision facing GM Daryl Morey.
A guy can dream right?
I’m not sure many Rockets fans want to deal with another season of our center getting hacked, but Andre Drummond’s talents cannot be denied. Unlikely to leave detroit though.
Al Horford is also a center, but he can shoot! Free throws, and the 3! He would be a great fit in Houston, but is gonna be at the top of many other teams lists too. He’s not young, so committing to a big contract would carry some risk.
Mike Conley is another guy that many teams are gonna be after. Often give the distinction of “most underrated player in the NBA,” he too seems like he would be a great fit in Houston. With Memphis’ less than stellar end to the season, it’s possible he looks elsewhere. The Griz have a great track record re-signing their players though, unfortunately.
Hassan Whiteside is much more than every NBA fan’s favorite snapchater, he’s also one of the league’s top centers. He led the league in blocks by a country mile and has taken huge strides (literally) in his offensive game. If Dwight leaves the Rockets as many expect, Whiteside would be an incredible replacement. It remains to be seen if Miami will be able to retain his services, a factor which depends partly on Chris Bosh’s future.
Just like coaches, there are many other players that will be no doubt courted by Houston this summer. Whatever happens it is bound to be an eventful offseason with the newfound cap room being given to teams, and I, for one, am confident the Rockets come out the other side a stronger team.