Going into the offseason, the Rockets should have one goal: to keep their free agents, and not only for depth purposes. Their contract-less players need to be resigned—most notably Goran Dragic and Marcus Camby—if they want to compete for a postseason appearance.
The Houston Rockets, once considered a lock for a playoff bid, experienced a meltdown of epic proportions. With only a few weeks left in the season, the Rockets were the favorites to become the sixth seed in their grueling conference's playoffs. This was quite a surprise and accomplishment, as many expected the roster to struggle due to the lack of a clear star and playoff experience.
But despite not deterring from the challenge at the beginning of the truncated season, the Rockets went on a 1-7 slide, officially knocking them out of postseason contention. While their relevancy in the playoff chase did shock the NBA community, there is no denying the unfortunate fact that changes within the organization are a necessity.
However, major alterations are not needed for this franchise. Their roster is already laden with talent and depth. Unlike the Charlotte Bobcats or Washington Wizards, the Rockets have a playoff-ready squad that has the potential to strike fear in the eyes of opposing teams.
So, what modifications should the Rockets' brass pursue? Well, besides acquiring a clear star, the brass must maintain their free agents.