HOUSTON (CBS Houston) –You have to be wondering exactly what is Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinking.
At the end of the 2011-12 season he had perhaps one of the best point guard situations in the NBA with two quality players vying to lead his team. Now he has none and possibly a prayer.
A day after free agent Goran Dragic agreed to an offer sheet to rejoin the Phoenix Suns, the Rockets traded away veteran point Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday for a conditional future first round draft pick and forward Gary Forbes, according to reports.
The anticipated departures of Dragic and Lowry should be tempered by the fact Morey extended an offer sheet two-month sensation Jeremy Lin on Wednesday but all indications are the New York Knicks will match that offer no matter how back loaded the contract appears to be. No deals can become official until July 11.
But what it all means is that a Rockets team that week ago appeared to be loading up for a possible Western Conference playoff run next season is all of sudden in disarray and headed for the dreaded but necessary rebuilding mode. The problem is at this point they may have to start the reconstruction without a legit point guard unless D-Leaguer Courtney Fortson is in the plans.
The Rockets have not confirmed the trade of Lowry to the Rockets, but Lowry did on his Twitter page Thursday. Lowry had made no secret that he did not get along with first-year Rockets coach Kevin McHale last season and did not see himself playing for the former Boston Celtics great next season.
“I just want to thank the city of Houston and the fans for showing me love like I was one of y’all own, and I’ll always keep that in my heart,” Lowry wrote. “Rednation I will miss you guys.”
Now with the Rockets having lost on any realistic chance of acquiring All-Star center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic or Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, it seems the team is resigned to rebuilding with second-year forward Chandler Parson and last week’s first round draft picks Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones as the cornerstones of a team that could be among the youngest in the NBA next season.
The Rockets have already told restricted free agent Courtney Lee they will not make any qualifying offer to retain him, which now makes him an unrestricted free agent this summer. The only things left to do now is try to unload the enormous contracts of Luis Scola and Kevin Martin in what has now become a fire sale.