Playing Keep or Cut with Each of the Houston Rockets’ 2015 NBA Free Agents

June 13th, 2015 by Jake Lapin Leave a reply »
The Houston Rockets have a large handful of free agents on the loose this summer and a difficult decision to make with each one.

After a memorable playoff run all the way to the Western Conference Finals, even with two starters absent, the Rockets would ideally keep any relevant piece in place. Of course, it's not entirely up to them, as unrestricted free agents can sign where they please. Still, general manager Daryl Morey can most likely retain whoever he wants, unless he has a secret blockbuster move up his sleeve.

Josh Smith, Corey Brewer and Jason Terry are outright free agents who can assess the market. Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels have qualifying offers that would make them unrestricted free agents, and Kostas Papanikolaou has a team option.

Sportando reports that the Rockets will pick up K-Pap's option of $4.8 million. That money isn't guaranteed unless Papanikolaou is on the roster by October 4, so this move is risk-free for the time being. The Greek rookie had a strong start to the season before fading into obscurity as the Rockets bench improved throughout the year.

Houston has made one choice, but that leaves f ...

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