The Houston Rockets are missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
They are officially in rebuild mode now.
Their season started off on the wrong foot.
Their superstar player, James Harden was forcing his way out of Houston.
It was an ugly situation to begin the season with a brand new head coach in Stephen Silas.
They started the season as an actual good team.
They moved Harden and finished January at 9-9.
This is what began the downfall of their season.
It was an extremely rough year for a team that has found so much success over the last several seasons.
We lost a franchise player, multiple beloved role players, a beloved GM, and now we lost the literal voice of the Houston Rockets. It’s been a tough season. I look forward to the eventual resurrection of the franchise with all the awesome folks on #Rockets Twitter.
— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) May 15, 2021
The rebuild has been set in motion, but there are a few players who do not fit the timeline.
The Rockets will most likely remove these two players off their roster in the offseason whichever way they can.
Eric Gordon is the last remaining player from that Western Conference Finals team a few years back.
Unfortunately, he has battled injuries since that season.
He only played 36 games last season and 27 games this season.
Also, his contract isn’t exactly favorable as well.
He is owed close to $60 million over the next three seasons.
The thing is that he is 32 years old and should not be playing over players like Kevin Porter Jr..
The Rockets are going to have a hard time trying to move his contract, but it must be done.
They have two courses of action in order to move off of that contract.
One can be a buyout, which is fully up to Gordon to decide.
Gordon might want the money and not truly care about the lack of playing time and winning.
However, he is an older player who has made his money and might want to win a title before it is all said and done.
The other option is to attach picks, or a young player, to trade him.
Teams will not take on this contract without some compensation in return.
Depending on the franchise, the Rockets can offer a first-rounder or multiple second-rounders to get a deal done.
One way or another, I believe the Rockets will get rid of Gordon this offseason.
John Wall was the guy that wasn’t afraid to take the title of leader on this Rockets team.
After trading Russell Westbrook for him, which was a bad contract for bad contract type of deal, Wall was excited for a fresh start.
He hadn’t played in two years due to an Achilles tear and was ready to be back on the court.
He looked like he was back and ready to regain his reputation around the league.
However, the injuries began piling up here and there, and was only able to play 40 games this season.
Now Wall doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding team and has made that be known with subliminal messages.
John Wall voted on an IG poll that he wants to leave Houston.
I appreciate him trying to put the team on his back amidst the Harden drama. Was awesome to see him bounce back after the injuries. That said, he doesn’t fit the rebuild timeline & deserves to go to a better team. https://t.co/eW6W3LRzjF
— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) May 14, 2021
His contract is extremely high for the next two seasons, but he seems like he is willing for a buyout.
Do not expect Wall to be on this team next season.
He needs another fresh start; one with a potential path to the postseason.
The Rockets need to rebuild and moving Wall is the first step this off-season.