As has been the case for the last two years, the Houston Rockets' 15-man roster will have a different look this upcoming season.
Familiar faces such as Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin are now playing for different teams. Asik and Lin were shipped off to the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively, to clear up cap space for a third star. Parsons, meanwhile, signed a three-year, $46 million with the Dallas Mavericks, which Houston declined to match.
After missing out on the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, general manager Daryl Morey shifted his focus to improving a defense that finished 23rd in points allowed (103.1 points per game).
"Last year, we were very potent offensively, but we felt we needed more balance. We have championships aspirations. To do that, you have to be effective on both ends. From our head coach down, we felt we got to get more defense, rebound better, tougher, more physical, more competitive and deeper." Morey said, per Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.
The plan to get better defensively started with luring small forward Trevor Ariza back to Houston with a four-year, $32 million deal. From there, Morey brought in a few more former Rockets at a discount. He added guard Ish Smith as well as forwards Jeff Adrien and Joey Dorsey.
Morey also found a couple diamonds in the rough on draft night. Clint Capela, a raw big man from Switzerland, was the team's first-round pick at No. 25 overall. Houston followed that up with explosive Arizona guard Nick Johnson in Round 2.
The result of these moves (as well as others) is a roster that has 17 men vying for 15 spots. Training camp will be the ultimate decider of who's staying and who's going. Until then, here's our best guess at who will make the final cut.