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Houston Rockets (Last Year: 55-27)
2017-18 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Clint Capela/Chinanu Onuaku
PF: Ryan Anderson/Montrezl Harrell
SF: Trevor Ariza/Sam Dekker
SG: James Harden/Eric Gordon
PG: Patrick Beverley/Lou Williams
NBA Free Agents:
C-Nene Hilario (UFA)
SF-Troy Williams (UFA)
PG-Bobby Brown (UFA)
PF-Kyle Wiltjer (TO)
PG-Isaiah Taylor (TO)
2017-18 Team Salary: Approximately $87.7 million
NBA Offseason Team Needs:
1. Another Star:
If the Rockets really want to become a title contender, they need to add another big name to complement James Harden. With limited cap space, GM Daryl Morey will have to get creative in finding a star player to pair with Harden.
2. Frontcourt Depth:
With Nene entering free agency, the Rockets could use a veteran player to add to their frontcourt.
3. Defensive-minded Wing:
The Rockets have a ton of offensive firepower on the wing, but they allowed the fourth-most points per game last season. Trevor Ariza is not the defensive player he once was, so Houston would be smart to add a wing who can lockdown on defense.
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