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The Rockets face a tough decision with Carlos Delfino's non-guaranteed contract.
Seven players currently have non-guaranteed contracts and one has a team option. That leaves a lot of work for Morey to figure out what is best for the franchise.
There is no question Chandler Parsons' non-guaranteed $926,500 contract will be picked up, but others aren’t as simple of a decision.
The team option is on 6’7” shooting guard Francisco Garcia. According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston (via Twitter), the Rockets plan to decline Garcia’s $6.4 million option.
After a disappointing regular season, during which he averaged just 5.5 points on 39 percent shooting, Garcia came to life in the playoffs, seeing increased playing time. In 27.7 minutes per game, he shot 44 percent (45.9 percent from beyond the arc) while averaging 10.7 points per game.
Though the option will be declined, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of Garcia’s return. Garcia has expressed interest in returning, but acknowledged it would be tough given the Rockets' cap room.
Searching for another star to pair with Harden, Morey needs to analyze his decisions carefully. He could trade some young talent in order to sign or acquire a star-caliber player. Non-guaranteed players Carlos Delfino ($3 million) and Aaron Brooks ($2.5 million) could be trade bait for a team looking to add depth.
The 30-year-old Delfino played exceptionally well this past season, averaging over 10 points per game and shooting 40.5 percent from the floor, but the Rockets need cap space. Parting ways with the veteran would benefit this team going forward.
The same could be said for Brooks. With Lin and the cheaper non-guaranteed option in Patrick Beverley, the 28-year-old Brooks may very well be looking for a new team this summer.
The other non-guaranteed contracts, all for under $1 million, include Greg Smith, James Anderson, Tim Ohlbrecht and Beverley. With the exception of Beverley, who saw an increased role in the playoffs, these players have had limited production in the NBA, but plenty of room for growth.
Due to Lin’s injuries, Beverley had his number called for extended minutes. He showed his ability to be a capable backup point guard throughout the postseason, in which time he averaged close to three assists per game with a few clutch shots that sparked the team.
Anderson, acquired midseason from the San Antonio Spurs, has yet to find his groove in the NBA, but his 13.93 player efficiency rating in 10 minutes per game could be enough for him to stick around on a cap-friendly contract.
For Morey, it would be wise to explore trades for any and all non-guaranteed players, but bringing back the players who will cost less than $1 million will leave room to sign that star player he’s seeking.
That means saying goodbye to Delfino and Brooks, as well as Garcia and Ohlbrecht, who had four turnovers in four total minutes last season.