The Houston Rockets remained fairly dormant at the trade deadline, despite having blatant holes on the roster that need to be addressed. The Rockets nabbed Steven Adams from the Memphis Grizzlies, giving them a tough-minded, physical reserve center.
For next season.
This season, the Rockets have failed to address this positional need, in addition to their need for additional shooting. Granted, the Rockets could potentially turn to the buyout market still, it’s not the end of the world.
The Rockets could've been more active at the trade deadline.
Other teams with postseason ambitions seized the moment to make upgrades and give themselves a shot in the arm at the deadline, as we saw players like Gordon Heyward, Terry Rozier, and PJ Washington change teams, to name a few.
Not to mention the deals that had already been made, such as Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers, James Harden to the LA Clippers, and OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks. Second-round picks proved to be pivotal assets at the deadline, which the Rockets also utilized to get Adams.
Based on the deals that were made, the Rockets might look back at Thursday’s moves with a bit of regret, as they could’ve been buyers at a nominal price. Here are three players the Rockets will regret not making a move for before Thursday’s deadline passed.