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Houston Rockets: 3 biggest questions this offseason

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 08: From left, Houston's chief of police Art Acevedo, Vanessa Guillen's sister Myra Guillen, The owner of The Post Oak Hotel Tilman Fertitta, Vanessa's sister Lupe Guillen, Vanessa's mother Gloria Guillen, Vanessa's father Rogelio Guillen, and the attorney of Guillen family Natalie Khawam attend a press conference regarding the murder of Vanessa Guillen on December 8, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist, was found dead on June 30 after she had been reportedly missing since April 22. Guillen was allegedly killed by fellow soldier Aaron David Robinson inside the Fort Hood military base.(Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 08: From left, Houston's chief of police Art Acevedo, Vanessa Guillen's sister Myra Guillen, The owner of The Post Oak Hotel Tilman Fertitta, Vanessa's sister Lupe Guillen, Vanessa's mother Gloria Guillen, Vanessa's father Rogelio Guillen, and the attorney of Guillen family Natalie Khawam attend a press conference regarding the murder of Vanessa Guillen on December 8, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist, was found dead on June 30 after she had been reportedly missing since April 22. Guillen was allegedly killed by fellow soldier Aaron David Robinson inside the Fort Hood military base.(Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, center, team president Tad Brown, left and Patrick Fertitta (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets enter the 2021 offseason with more questions than answers. An unsurprising development for a team coming off a season where they posted the worst record in the league.

Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta has let it be known that general manager Rafael Stone and head coach Stephen Silas’ jobs are safe, for now. While the decision-makers in Houston won’t be changing this offseason, the roster remains another story.

Going in the Rockets’ favor are their three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, Christian Wood’s team-friendly deal, and Kevin Porter Jr. flashing big-time potential in his brief stint in Houston. On the other end of the spectrum, the Rockets have the overpaid and aging duo of John Wall and Eric Gordon, whatever is left of Danuel House, and only eight players under contract for next season.

The Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild and have tough questions to answer all throughout their organization. The franchise looks poised for a youth movement, but holdovers from the previous regime will be difficult to move on from.

However, with the backing of ownership, the front office has been empowered to take the long view to reemerge from the wreckage of a lost season. It was only a year ago the Rockets were asking themselves how they could build a Finals contender around James Harden. In the year since, the franchise has lost Harden, Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker, Daryl Morey, and Mike D’Antoni.

The most successful teams constantly ask the right questions. If the Rockets are going to get back to the playoffs, sooner rather than later, these are the three biggest questions the Rockets need to answer this offseason.

Next: Question #3

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