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Houston Rockets Daily Rocket Science: Never Can Say Goodbye

April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2, left), center Dwight Howard (12, center), and guard James Harden (13, right) look on during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 104-78. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2, left), center Dwight Howard (12, center), and guard James Harden (13, right) look on during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 104-78. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets took to the Oracle Arena court for Game 5 and what was inevitably an embarrassing oust from the playoffs and end to their season.

In the Daily Rocket Science SCS takes a look at the Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web

In the midst of preparing for game 5, the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard were back in the rumor mill yet again! Even an elimination game could not overshadow Howard’s free agency market Wednesday afternoon. According to Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports, all sources indicated that the Superman era in Clutch City will come to an end this summer.

"Howard is expected to opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets this summer. Opting out will likely get Howard more money and also a change of scenery, as he and the Rockets haven’t experienced the success they thought they would when they first agreed to terms in 2013."

Since the news of D12’s likely departure. There are four teams that have been linked to the Dwight Howard sweepstakes: Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Charlotte Hornet. (and if fans are to believe the comments from Chandler Parsons, potentially the Rockets divisional rival: Dallas Mavericks)

However, unlike his divorce from the Los Angeles Lakers four years ago, ESPN‘s Calvin Watkins reported that James Harden and Howard have tried to put their differences aside. Unfortunately, their relationship is at a point of no return.

"Howard is frustrated because he believes Harden doesn’t respect him enough. Howard texts former teammates asking what can be done to solve the problems. That same poor dynamic between Harden and Howard, and the inconsistent play of others has hurt Bickerstaff, who took over 11 games into the season when Alexander fired McHale."

So what started out as the next Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, has quickly turned into the most disappointing era in Rockets’ history. After they were eliminated last night by the Golden State Warriors, Aaron Ferguson of Hoops Habit pondered whether this is the end of the current Rockets team.

"Regardless of what happens in the rest of this series, or even this postseason, each team will face different offseason challenges; one will be building for a championship and one will be building for a repeat. The Rockets may have a new makeup when their offseason begins."

Normally it’s a sad feeling when the Rockets are eliminated. However, after this disappointing year, it is nice to see Houston is finally put out of their misery. With an offseason full of uncertainties ahead, this is going to become one interesting summer for the Rockets.

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