May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (12) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Where do we go from here?

The season is over. The fans have gone home. Now the real work must begin. Daryl Morey and Kevin McHale have to make some tough decisions about who to bring back to the team and how much progress they think their young core of big men can make in the off-season.

Over the next few months Rockets fans will debate the possible benefits of signing any number of free agents like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Josh Smith. While all would have a positive effect on this young rockets team what baggage they bring into town will be what is placed under the microscope. While Daryl Morey might be a wizard with numbers and not afraid of pulling the trigger on a trade or two I believe he might surprise a few people by keeping most of the talent the Rockets have.

What few people are talking about is the number of young talented and hungry free agents the Rockets could sign instead of signing another max contract player. The likes of Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, and J.J. Hickson all could be signed to the current roster and I believe have a far better effect on the team than signing just one star. If you look at the Roster right now there are a few players that will probably be released and I hate to say it but I would not be surprised to hear Jeremy Lin’s Name as trade bait. If the rockets can somehow find a true floor general and develop Greg Smith, D-Mo, Terrence Jones, and Thomas Robinson then they can play true small ball next season and cause the rest of the league the same problems that OKC had in the first round.

I don’t have a crystal ball or work for the Rockets but I do know that change is coming, and if the rockets can get James Harden in the ear of any true floor generals this off season the world will be theirs

Apr 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) reacts during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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