Houston Rockets Big Roster Decisions, Thunder Trading Top Pick?

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs out to the court before taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

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Though the Houston Rockets' season was ended yesterday at the hands of the Lakers, they have nothing to feel bad about.

The Rockets' improbable run without their two All-Stars this postseason was truly amazing, and management in Houston have to be optimistic about what lies ahead. With that said, there are some tough decisions regarding the roster.

The Houston Chronicle reports that both Von Wafer and Ron Artest, who are free agents, would like to return. Both were likely in Houston’s plans anyway, but it is good to see that they are making the Rockets their top priority.

As for the rest of the Rockets' roster, that remains to be seen. There have already been rumors floating about the potential of Houston moving Tracy McGrady during the offseason, and some have said they need to go after another veteran who can provide defense in the backcourt and help out Aaron Brooks, such as Chicago’s Kirk Heinrich. Stay tuned…

In other news, The Oklahoman is reporting today that there is a possibility that the OKC Thunder could trade the top overall pick, should they land it in the draft lottery, and go after point guard Ricky Rubio over Blake Griffin.

The No. 1 pick in the draft has only been traded two times prior, however, stranger things have happened, and according to some, The Thunder are torn between selling tickets with the hometown product in Griffin, or the long term potential of Rubio.


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