Dec. 15: Traded a 2012 conditional first-round pick to New Jersey and draft rights to Sergei Lishouk to Los Angeles for Terrence Williams.
Reason: Williams has tons of potential, but he did not feature at all under former head coach Rick Adelman. While I believe Kevin McHale, the new head coach, will give Williams a spot in the rotation, I do not feel that he is a fit inside the Houston system with Kevin Martin a far more efficient option on offense.
Dec. 15: Traded Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to Sacramento for a future conditional second-round pick.
Reason: The Rockets needed to free up a roster spot for Williams and Taylor was the one sacrificed. While I do believe Taylor has potential to be a decent player in the league, he was unhappy at Houston due to the lack of playing time and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey decided to let him go.
Feb. 24: Traded Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a 2011 conditional first-round pick (which turned out to be the 23rd pick) .
Reason: The reason I gave this trade a "B+" was not because Dragic is a better player than Brooks, last year's Most Improved Player, but because this trade allowed Kyle Lowry, a much better defender, to take the starting point guard position and while Brooks was great last year, with the Rockets looking to make a splash in the playoffs, they had to go for a more calming presence at the point in Lowry.
It helps that Morey was also able to negotiate an extra first-round pick which can allow them to fill a hole come this draft.
Feb. 24: Traded Shane Battier and Ishmael Smith to Memphis for Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a 2013 first-round pick.
Reason: Chase Budinger needed more playing time, and Battier was standing in the way. Therefore, Morey traded him for a big prospect, both literally and figuratively, in Thabeet. While Carroll was waived, to get a former number two pick of the draft in Thabeet this early in his career allows Kevin McHale to work with him while he is still full of potential.
To add to Thabeet, Morey also acquired another first-round pick which can be flipped again should a superstar want to leave his current team.
April 11: Signed Marcus Cousin.
Reason: Cousin did not play at all with the Rockets this season, but judging by the number of call-ups he has received this season (two, Utah and Houston) and his D-League stats (14.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG in 30.5 MPG), he is one with potential.