HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – On Monday the Houston Rockets cleaned out lockers, conducted their exit interviews and prepared for some much-needed downtime.  The Houston Rockets may have fallen to the first-ranked Oklahoma City Thunder in six games, but the future holds a lot of excitement for the young franchise.

Patrick Beverley is headed to his hometown of Chicago but plans on keeping in touch with his teammates this summer.  Beverley signed as a free agent with the Rockets on January 7 and had a big series against OKC, averaging 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

“I love Houston, I really do.  They took a chance on me when no one else did.  Gave me an opportunity and like I’ve always been saying, I like to be ready and prepared and was able to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Chandler Parsons admitted to having a hard time watching other NBA teams continue their playoff run since the Rockets’ elimination with Friday’s 103-94 loss.  Parsons will be using that as motivation to work harder next season.

“I’m going to continue to work really hard this summer on all aspects of my game.   I’m gonna get stronger, be a better defender, work on my shot and do all those little things that will improve my all-around game because I’ll be ready to take on a bigger role next year,” Parsons said.

General Manager Daryl Morey, signed to a four-year extension last week, will be working to build on the  core group of players he has helped to assemble.  James Harden has been outspoken on his desire to help Houston recruit other big free agents.  As to whether or not his recruiting efforts would encompass seven-time All-Star Dwight Howard, Harden replied via Twitter, “Maybe. Possibly.”  This year the young Rocket team gained much-needed playoff experience and the confidence to compete with seasoned veterans.  If they were to sign a big-name free agent in the offseason, it would certainly catapult them into a top contender in the West.  As coach Kevin McHale told his players on Monday, “the sky’s the limit.”


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