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Houston Rockets: Which veterans deserve to stick around?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 19: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets huddles with the team against the Houston Rockets prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 2021 in Miami, Florida. 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. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 19: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets huddles with the team against the Houston Rockets prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 2021 in Miami, Florida. 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. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets and Armoni Brooks #7 (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images )

The Houston Rockets are in a full-on rebuild. After posting the worst record in the league there remains a lot of work to do on this roster to get back to the postseason. While the franchise will likely spur a youth movement, the roster has a host of veterans that are under contract for a few more seasons.

Decisions about their futures need to be made and those decisions will shape the Rockets’ rebuild. If everyone is on the chopping block then the Rockets will be embracing the most brutal teardown at their disposal.

Completely bottoming out might not be to the fans’ liking but there are merits to effectiveness. Racking up losses adds to a team’s lottery odds and the Rockets outright own their next two first-round picks.

It’s likely that the Rockets will move some veterans this offseason and hold onto others to make sure their roster is of an NBA quality and not the G-League version that was featured all too often this past season. With better health, the Rockets likely wouldn’t have been the worst team in the league, but that’s the injury risk that comes along with NBA veterans.

There are some hard decisions for the front office this offseason over which veterans to retain and which to eschew. These are the merits to holding on to or moving on from each of the Rockets’ veterans.

Next: Does John Wall deserve to stick around?

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