The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a 13 game losing streak that has put their playoff chances on life support and their future direction up in the air. The franchise looks destined to draft in the lottery for the first time since 2012 and their current win-percentage of 32.4-percent would be the worst full-season mark since 1983.
The James Harden era is over and for all of the headaches that it produced it also guaranteed the Rockets a playoff appearance. As the NBA season comes out of the All-Star break and heads towards the trade deadline on March 25th, the Rockets need to have a few uncomfortable conversations.
The Victor Oladipo situation, now that he has turned down the Rockets extension offer, has largely resolved itself. The Rockets set their price, Oladipo rebuffed it, and now they’ll look to move him before the deadline, work a sign and trade, or re-sign him in the offseason.
What questions do the Houston Rockets need to answer now?
The Rockets are looking at a transformative period that if they nail it, they’ll be set up to contend sooner rather than later. However, if they fail over this span they could become muddled in a continuous phase of rebuilding.
There are easy conversations and there are uncomfortable ones. The Rockets are in an uncomfortable period and these are three uncomfortable conversations the Rockets don’t want to have but need to answer.
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