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2018 offseason preview for the Houston Rockets

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: James Harden #13, Chris Paul #3 and Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets honor the National Anthem before the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: James Harden #13, Chris Paul #3 and Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets honor the National Anthem before the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The offseason for the Rockets has officially arrived with a loss to the Warriors in 7 tough games.

The Houston Rockets are now in the offseason after an incredible season that saw them one win away from the NBA Finals. Now it is time to regroup and make a push for that goal next season.

Rumors have already been flying around about the offseason for Houston. Who can they sign to get them over the top? We’ll have to see what Daryl Morey and the rest of the organization can do as the offseason for the Rockets is always exciting.

Houston has proved themselves to be a place where players want to go and compete. With them being potentially just being a CP3 injury away from the Finals, the interest of role players should be pretty high.

Today, we’re going to do a quick preview of how the offseason looks for Houston so far. Let’s get to it!

The NBA Draft

The 2018 NBA Draft is the first item on the agenda for the Houston Rockets. The draft is in about 3 weeks on June 21. The Rockets own the 46th overall pick in the draft after trading away their first rounder last season for Chris Paul.

Last season, the Rockets selected Isaiah Hartenstein in the second round. He’s still a project, but he could turn into a good NBA player at some point. The Rockets have found success in the second round in recent years, let’s hope that this deep draft brings more of that.

The NBA Awards Show on TNT

The NBA Awards Show on TNT is another thing to look forward to this offseason. On June 25, it is very possible that James Harden takes home his first Most Valuable Player Award.

Eric Gordon is also in the running for Sixth Man of the Year and Clint Capela for Most Improved Player. While those two guys likely won’t win those awards, they still had fantastic seasons that deserve to be recognized.

Free Agency

Free Agency is where things get very interesting. Starting on July 1, restricted free agents can start signing offer sheets and players can sign veteran’s minimum contracts.

This comes into play big time with Clint Capela. The Rockets have his bird rights and can go into the luxury tax to sign him, but they’ll have to convince him to not sign until the team has made their big offseason moves. Unrestricted free agents can be signed starting on July 6. We’ll get more into the logistics on this as free agency approaches.

Chris Paul will need to be re-signed and with Daryl Morey, you never know who else the team will go after. LeBron James and Paul George are two big names that have come up in the interest of the Rockets this offseason.

Summer League

Summer League will wind out the eventful offseason. All 30 teams will play in the Las Vegas Summer League for the first time ever.

We will get to see how some of the young players for the Rockets do as the stars of this team. How improved will Zhou Qi be after his first season in American professional basketball? How are Hartenstein and the recent draft pick of the Rockets? We’ll see starting on July 6!

It should be a great offseason for Houston! Be sure to tune into Space City Scoop as we cover every detail!

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