9th in West
The Rockets have committed to turning around a season that began with high expectations yet started slowly, costing head coach Kevin McHale his job. As a result, their thinking is more short term than long term.
Nonetheless, contracts probably will be the driving factor in any possible Houston trade. Forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas will be restricted free agents next summer, while center Dwight Howard can opt out of the final season of his contract in favor of unrestricted free agency. The Rockets might look to get value for Jones or Motiejunas before their favorable rookie contracts expire.