The 2013-14 Houston Rockets weren’t exactly a disappointment, but their warts became clear.
The offseason should revolve around improving in two key areas: perimeter defense, and leadership. But adding any significant salary will almost certainly have to be done via trade—the Rockets are already nearly capped out with their contract commitments heading into next season.
General manager Daryl Morey has suggested that upcoming tweaks will be in the role-player department. “We’re always aggressive. We’ll always explore aggressive scenarios,” he said in a Q&A with the Houston Chronicle.
But I feel confident if those don’t emerge, we’re not far off. We need to get (the win total) into the high 50s if we’re going to be as good as we want to be. We need to improve our defense primarily. We were the youngest team in the league (in the postseason, fourth youngest and second least experienced in the regular season) and improving, so an addition or two are key. I feel confident we can make that step forward that we need to make.
As has been the case for a while, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin are both well-paid and relatively expendable players. Whom will Houston find as suitors for either (or both) of the two and receive valuable assets in return?