With a mere $38 million in salary committed for next season, the Houston Rockets figure to be major players in free agency this summer. Already a team on the rise, the team could elevate to title contenders with a few solid moves.
The Rockets don't have many needs entering the offseason. They have a potential superstar in guard James Harden. Small forward Chandler Parsons is rising through the NBA ranks. The team also signed a couple solid role players last summer in center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin.
Houston also has a promising four-headed monster at power forward. They used the No. 18 overall pick on Kentucky forward Terrence Jones last June. The team also acquired Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft, from Sacramento midseason.
2011 draft pick Donatas Motiejunas and versatile backup Greg Smith round out the group. Royce White is also on the roster but has yet to play a minute of basketball for the team due to personal reasons.
With a surplus of young talent and a ton of cap space, the Rockets are in a great position to make some waves this summer. They could shore up the power forward spot by bringing in a proven veteran such as Utah's Paul Millsap.
They could use a few defensive-minded backups that could help a team that allowed a little over 102 points per game in the regular season, which was 28th in the league. The Rockets also gave up 105.8 points a night in the playoffs, which was second-worst among the 16 contenders.
With no pick in this year's draft until the second round, free agency is going to be Houston's main source of providing depth and upgrading the talent on the roster.
Let's take a look at the guys at each position that the team should target this summer.