Next moves for the Rockets: How Houston keeps contending

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

A year removed from losing to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, the 2019 Houston Rockets suffered a similar fate -- this time one round earlier and with the Warriors not having their best player available in Kevin Durant.

Here's what the future holds for Houston: the same starting five returning, but with financial restrictions on how the back end of the roster is built.

Now eliminated from the postseason, let's look ahead to the free agency, draft and trade decisions facing the Rockets this offseason.

Get more team-by-team NBA offseason guides here