Report: Rockets Reaching out to Free Agent Guards

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With the knee injury to Chris Paul expected to keep him sidelined for a month, the Rockets have started to reach out to free agent guards.

One of the guards the Rockets have reached out is Jameer Nelson, according to Chris Haynes. He was recently waived by the Denver Nuggets in order for them to make a roster spot available for Richard Jefferson. With the Rockets already lacking some depth at the point guard position, signing Nelson could help fill that void. This is also where leaving a roster spot open helps the Rockets, as they will not need to make any moves prior to signing someone.

While there are other guards on the market, Nelson would make the most sense for the Rockets. Not only would he have a role while Paul is out, but he could see consistent minutes even when he returns. Nelson can help initiate the offense and contribute on the offensive end. He shot 38.8% from three-point range last season and is at 36.9% for his career. Averaging 9.2 PPG and 5.1 APG last season, Nelson shows he can still help a contender at 35. He will not have to play too many minutes each night either, which would keep him rested and fresh for hopefully a long playoff run.

The Rockets are not the only team interested in Nelson. They need to act on this quickly before another team swoops in and lands him. If the Rockets are unable to sign Nelson, it could be best to not sign anyone and keep the roster spot open. In the case there are injuries later on or players on the buyout market, the team could use the open roster spot then.

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