While this season isn't over just yet, the Houston Rockets should start looking at ways to improve for next year. The first step would be to comprise a list of potential free-agent targets that would fill the team's needs.
With close to $72 million on the books for next season, according to HoopsHype.com, the team won't have a ton of money to play with unless it does some shuffling. Houston could free up some cap space by finding suitors for center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin (both owed close to $15 million apiece, with a cap hit of $8.3 million for each).
The Rockets also have decisions to make on some of their own players. Key reserves such as Omri Casspi, Greg Smith and Jordan Hamilton are all free agents this summer, while rising star Chandler Parsons is due for a payday next year.
Unlike in past years, Houston won't enter the offseason with any glaring needs. If it manages to move Asik and/or Lin, there will be an obvious need for replacements at those positions. The team could use some perimeter defenders as well as a couple able bodies for the second unit.
To assist with Houston's free-agent search, a big board was comprised. The rankings were comprised based on talent and need. Keep in mind, though, that these are merely projections.
As always, crowd participation is encouraged. If you have some feedback on the list or feel the need to pitch a name that was left off, feel free to drop a comment below.