The summer of 2009 has so far taken the Houston Rockets from a legitimate championship contender to a team on the verge of having to rebuild.
The main reason for this is the uncertain status of Yao Ming with his foot injury.
On draft night, General Manager Daryl Morey spent $6 million acquiring three second-round draft picks in Chase Budinger, Jermaine Taylor, and Sergio Llull.
Yesterday, Houston traded a protected second-round draft pick and $2 million cash to Atlanta for the rights to international center David Andersen.
The Rockets went into the offseason with not much to spend other than the mid-level exception, worth about $33 million, which they had initially spent on Ariza.
However, the Rockets applied to the NBA for a disabled-player exception on Yao Ming, which they were subsequently granted, meaning they have another mid-level contract available to give to another free agent.
They ended up giving the exception contract to Ariza, and they are expected to use a small part of the other mid-level to try and sign Andersen.
What should the Rockets do with the rest of the money?
I think they should go get themselves a real point guard.
Aaron Brooks is a nice, up-and-coming player, but the fact is, he isn't enough of a true point guard.
Kyle Lowry is solid, but I feel like he may be better served remaining a backup.
Who should the Rockets be looking at?
Twenty-three-year-old Milwaukee Bucks point guard Ramon Sessions.
Sessions is a restricted free agent, meaning Milwaukee reserves the right to match any offer for him.
The 6'3" Sessions spent most of his first full NBA season splitting time with Luke Ridnour in Milwaukee's backcourt.
In about 28 minutes per game last season, Sessions averaged just over 12 points and just under six assists.
The future looks bright for him.
He has better size than both of the Rockets' current point guards, and he possesses superb court vision with tremendous passing ability.
He is able to run the break and can finish around the rim as well.
Sessions can also shoot from deep and score at a high rate. In a game against the Pistons last year, Sessions poured in 44 points on very efficient shooting.
His size and relatively good athleticism make him a decent defender and rebounder, as well.
This is the kind of player Rick Adelman would love running his offense.
Should the Rockets go for and be able to pick up Sessions, this leaves them with many options for their remaining players.
It helps open up trade options involving Brooks, who has been rumored to be garnering some interest around the league.
Lowry has been a favorite player of Morey for quite some time now, so I feel like Houston would be hesitant to trade him so soon after acquiring him.
Should they choose not to deal Brooks, they can move him over to shooting guard, his more natural position, where he could become a Jannero Pargo-type scorer off the bench.
The Rockets are no longer a very realistic title contender next season, and with the cornerstone of the franchise in question, the time may be now for them to start the rebuilding process.
Houston now has some money to spend, and with very few viable options left on the free agent market, I think it would be in the best interest of the franchise to take a good, hard look at Ramon Sessions.