Houston Rockets free agency target: Kenneth Faried
Even with a fully healthy team, for the fourth time in five years, the Houston Rockets’ season came to an end in the NBA Playoffs thanks to the Golden State Warriors.
Heading into the offseason, the Rockets have no NBA draft picks to offer, no cap space to work with and two very heavy contracts belonging to James Harden and Chris Paul.
Yet, there is still the possibility the front office can make some moves, make some trades and snag some worthwhile free agents this summer.
Rockets Wire is exploring and breaking down those free agents, and what they can offer to the team.
You know what you’re getting every night with Faried.
He plays with as much energy in the league as anyone else. Faried averaged 8.2 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game for the Rockets, so he’s going to get work done on the glass. By no means is he a three-point shooter, but the big man doesn’t need to be when he’s efficient from the inside (.611 field goal percentage within the three-point arc) and can mop up the offensive glass, averaging 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.
But does he still fit in with the team? The bulk of his contributions came when Clint Capela was absent in January and February. Although Nene didn’t average as many minutes over the course of the season, he played more often. That might have something to do with Nene being the superior defender to Faried — who’s only defensive quality is, again, his rebounding.
With injuries always being a concern when it comes to Faried and his defense not being up to par, the Rockets will have to be smart if they choose to pursue him. The Brooklyn Nets paid him $13,764,045 before they bought him out in 2018-19, but it doesn’t seem like he’s worth that type of money.
If Houston can make it work, do you want to see Faried suit up for the Rockets again?