This offseason has been quite dramatic for the Houston Rockets for numerous reasons, but the biggest being the fact that they went all-in on winning a championship last year by trading for Russell Westbrook and after one year, it all fell apart. Westbrook demanded a trade for the Rockets this offseason and after trading Chris Paul, two first-round picks and two first-round pick swaps for Westbrook ahead of the 2019-20 season, the Rockets sent him to the Washington Wizards this offseason for John Wall and a lottery protected first-round pick.
While John Wall is a former All-Star level player and was a great playmaker, he has not played in a regular season NBA game since December of 2018. There are so many questions surrounding his ability to still play at a high-level and after trading the rights to four first-round picks, the Rockets only received one pick in return for Westbrook.
Overall, this Westbrook-Houston saga was a complete and utter disaster for this Rockets organization and has caused a rift between Rockets management and former league MVP, James Harden. Now, after trading away Russell Westbrook, James Harden seems very unhappy in his current situation in Houston and has asked for a trade.
The Rockets are unwilling to trade James Harden for anything but ‘a king’s ransom’ and at this moment, it seems unlikely that they will be getting offers that they will actually pursue. Will James Harden remain with the Houston Rockets throughout the 2020-21 NBA season? Will they be able to find success with former All-Stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins who have been sidelined throughout the years due to major injuries?
These are two of the biggest questions for the Rockets this season and with that, here are 4 bold predictions for the Houston Rockets entering the 2020-21 NBA season.