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Offseason Preview for the Houston Rockets

Apr 16, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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What could the offseason hold for the Rockets?

After an unfortunate end to a great season of Rockets basketball, Daryl Morey and company are ready for an exciting summer. Here is an offseason preview for the Rockets as they head into the summer:

NBA Draft

This year’s NBA draft is on June 22 at 6 p.m. CT or just over two weeks from now. The Rockets do not own their first round pick as it was included in the trade to acquire Lou Williams from the Lakers. However, they do have two second round picks, numbers 43 and 45. Morey has proven in the past that he can find hidden talent in the second round, such as Chandler Parsons or Montrezl Harrell. With this year’s draft being full of great prospects, the same will hopefully happen.

NBA Awards Show

Just four days after the draft is the brand new NBA Awards Show on TNT at 8 p.m. CT. Four Houston Rockets have been named finalists for some awards, with a few of them favorites to win. Mike D’antoni is a finalist for the Coach of the Year award and is looking good to take home the hardware. Both Lou Williams and Eric Gordon are finalists for the Sixth Man of the Year award and one of the two will likely take it home. James Harden is also a finalist for the League MVP award. It will be exciting to see how these Rockets get public recognition for their great seasons.

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Summer League

The Summer League is always a fun few games to watch during the offseason. Rockets fans will get to watch newly drafted players prove their worth along with young players like Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. There is also always the chance that non-signed players that get the invite to the team find themselves with contracts at the end of it. It should be a fun glimpse at the upcoming season. This year the Rockets will be in the Las Vegas league that goes from July 7-17.

Free Agency

Finally, the biggest event of the offseason: free agency. Free agency begins just before the Summer League on July 1. As Daryl Morey has proven year after year, anything is possible for the Rockets during the summer. There are free agents out there to sign that could fit perfectly with the team and the D’Antoni offense, and I am sure that Morey will be after them. This part of the summer is the most exciting and there surely will be drama and breaking news galore. Will the Rockets get a second star to compliment Harden? We shall see soon enough during the unpredictable yet fun offseason.

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