After the recent trades that the Houston Rockets pulled off right before the deadline they may have done two separate things. They may have made their team better in the future, but they also may have thrown away the chance of making the playoffs.
This may anger some fans, but this never was supposed to be the year they made a huge impact in the playoffs. Even if they were to make the playoffs they will most likely be the 7th or 8th seed and will get knocked out in the first round.
Daryl Morey is building this team for the future and he isn’t done yet. He will continue to go after guys like Josh Smith and Dwight Howard, and if that doesn’t work out he will go after other guys like Kevin Love.
The Rockets are definitely better than expected, but not close to being a true championship contender. At least Thomas Robinson will finally get a legitimate chance to become a player instead of riding the bench for the Sacramento Kings. Will he or another guy on the Rockets be the star the Rockets want to pair with James Harden? Most likely not. But they can be guys to build around Harden and another star talent.
The Rockets may or may not make the playoffs this year. Either way it’s the number one overall goal. That goal is to win a championship, and they’re on the right path to doing so.