Les Alexander States Houston Rockets Will “Be A Lot Better” Next Season

By Michael Ma

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander sounds like he has plans to make big moves this offseason. In an interview with Houston’s Fox 26, Alexander confidently stated that the Rockets will have enough cap space to bring in a quality free agent:

“We’re going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we’ll be a lot better than we were this year. I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus.”

“We were the youngest team in the league in the playoffs. Just that alone will get us much better. I thought the team played hard. They did what they could and when you lose the other team was better.”

April 12, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watches a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Grizzlies defeated the Rockets 82-78. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets have a couple of decisions to make this summer involving key players: Chandler Parsons‘ team-option for next season has a June 29 deadline, while both Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are scheduled to be paid $15 million each next season, with $8 million of it as the cap hit for both players.

The Rockets finished the season at 54-48, a 9-win improvement from last season, and gained home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, before the Portland Trail Blazers took Game 6 and the series Friday night.