Five Playmaking Guards The Houston Rockets Should Target

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May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard

James Harden

(13) and head coach

Kevin McHale

react during the game against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden wants another play maker in the back-court and said so directly following the Houston Rockets exit from the playoffs against the Warriors.  His exact words when asked were, “Yeah definitely, that’s one of the conversations that me and Daryl (Morey) are going to have.”

Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who has never been shy about making moves to improve the team has stated that expects only minor tweaking of the roster.  I believe he is serious about that and wants to keep the majority of the roster intact and allow continuity to build and young players to continue developing.

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But this is the one move that he must make if the Rockets are to advance further in the playoffs next season.

The Rockets used 37 year old point guards Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni in the playoffs and while it would be an improvement if the Rockets retain restricted free agent Patrick Beverley, none of these guys are what Harden is looking for or fill the Rockets need for a play-maker.

Although the ball runs through James Harden on nearly every possession, as it should, there are times when Harden rests and there are times when Harden is struggling and there are times when the opposing team is doing everything in their power to take him out the game with double and triple teams.

For these reasons the Rockets need at least one more guard on the roster that can take the reins in those moments and create offense for himself and others.  Also a must, this player must be able to knock down 3’s in order to fit in the Rockets offense and a reasonable clip, at least 35%.

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  • Defense from this player would be nice, but would simply be a bonus as I expect that if the timing is right on the acquisition, the Rockets will also retain Patrick Beverley by matching whatever he is offered as restricted free agent.

    If the Rockets don’t go below the cap to make those changes they will have no problem keeping Beverley as the 3rd guard will little concern about their total salary, with the NBA salary cap expected to jump dramatically in the next few years.

    Keeping Beverley could be vital and allow them to play the matchups specifically against the great point guards in the West, Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

    So who are the guards on the Rockets short list?

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