The Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs in heart breaking fashion last night, having their season ended on a buzzer beater from Damian Lillard. Houston has one of the more active GMs in the league in Darryl Morey, and there is no doubt that Morey will be hustling to make improvements to a team that had its sights set beyond the first round. Marc Stein of ESPN.com takes a look at the offseason decisions facing Houston in his latest piece. Stein’s sources insist that coach Kevin McHale isn’t likely to be let go following the first round upset, which backs up an earlier report that this series was not a deal-breaker for McHale. Here are some more highlights from Stein’s piece:
- Carmelo Anthony has been billed as the Rockets biggest target this summer according to Stein, although it’s unclear if Stein is hearing that from within the organization.
- Stein predicts that the Rockets will do their due diligence in checking on the availability of Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love, although acquiring either via trade appears unlikely at this point.
- The ESPN scribe has heard all season that the Rockets are inclined to decline their team option for Chandler Parsons this year and re-sign him through the restricted free agency process. Despite some speculation that the team would prefer to wait to bump their salary commitment to Parsons by picking up the final year of his rookie contract, Stein believes Houston won’t go down that path considering the risk of losing Parsons as an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
- Stein hears that teams have told Houston that they would want to receive Parsons in any trade in which they took on the balloon-year deals of either Omer Asik or Jeremy Lin. The Celtics would insist on Parsons in any would-be deal with the Rockets involving Rondo, Stein writes.