The dominoes have begun to fall. What promises to be a hugely significant offseason for the Houston Rockets has started with their selections in the NBA draft. Clint Capela was brought in with the 25th pick, and Nick Johnson came with the 42nd.
And, of course, let’s not forget the trade Houston put in place to unload Omer Asik’s contract the evening before the draft, in exchange for the New Orleans Pelicans' 2015 first-round pick. But the pick is protected: The Rockets only get the slot if it lands in the No. 4-19 range.
Houston is not done making moves—they’re sure to take a run at big-name free agents like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. That’s what jettisoning Asik set them up to do, and it’s likely they’ll do the same with Jeremy Lin soon, to clear even more cap space.
But right now’s the time to evaluate what’s changed overnight—the deck of assets general manager Daryl Morey has to tinker with this summer just altered. And so has the shelf of talent coach Kevin McHale will have in his rotation next season.
How does the Rockets’ new (and departed) talent affect their depth chart?