Houston Rockets reason to be optimistic #1: The roster will be changing for the better
As stated before the Rockets have had a lot of roster turnover this season. When the offseason began the Rockets were the proud employers of two future Hall of Famers, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but after few weeks into the season both had been traded.
The current roster has had injury after injury and DeMarcus Cousins, brought in this offseason, was released a few days ago. However, the roster turnover that will be happening in the upcoming weeks will be positive.
There is no way to know if P.J. Tucker, Victor Oladipo, and Eric Gordon will be traded, but it’s a pretty safe bet at least one of them will be moved. With Oladipo and Tucker on expiring contracts and the team falling further back in the standings, the veterans will probably be on their way out.
The Rockets have already stated that they want a rotational player back in that trade in a Tucker trade. Even though Oladipo has underperformed for the Rockets, being a former All-Star that could help a contender he still has value around the league.
Names like John Collins, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. have been floating out there for a while. If the Rockets can somehow get younger and bring in talents like Collins or Porter Jr. they instantly become a better team. It is safe to say the roster you see today during this nine-game losing streak is not the team you will see in the first game of the second half of the season vs. the Sacramento Kings.
From one Houston Rockets fan to another
I normally don’t do this but I will talk directly to Rockets fans as a fan. Look, I know you are frustrated and this season has felt like three bad seasons rolled into one, but it’s not as bad as it seems. Yes, the Rockets still have a lot of work to do and I won’t sugarcoat anything, it will probably get worse before it gets better.
I will say this I have been a Rockets fan for decades and lived through the 2001-02 season when the Rockets were 28-54. Now, that season was horrible even though you knew Yao Ming was coming the following season.
I see this team as a work in progress. There is Christian Wood, an outstanding, potentially great, player. John Wall is still productive and several of the younger players have shown they will only get better. I say all this to make the point that yes this season has been horrible more often than not, but better days are coming sooner rather than later.