Friday, April 4 was a huge day for the Houston Rockets, as Kevin McHale‘s club earned a hard-fought 111-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The win gave Houston its first 50-win season since 2008-09 and officially clinched a berth in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
For all of the glory, however, there is a sense of uncertainty for a team that’s laced with talent but yet to display the ability to win in the playoffs. Houston hasn’t won a postseason series since 2008-09, hasn’t reached the Western Conference Finals since 1996-97 and hasn’t made the NBA Finals since winning back-to-back titles in 1993-94 and 1994-95 under head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and star Hakeem Olajuwon.
In order to develop sustainable success, forward thinking suggests Houston needs to begin targeting free agents that can create the perfect storm. The stars are in place, but Houston struggles with depth and needs to add it in order to become a true NBA power.
Here are the realistic free agents for the Rockets to target this summer.