HOUSTON As his eyes scanned the practice court at Toyota Center on Wednesday, Rockets forward Chase Budinger echoed a sentiment a few of his teammates expressed as the 2011-12 season crawled to a close.
Of course Budinger would like to see this group return intact for another season with the aim of finishing the job it failed to complete this campaign thanks in large part to a mid-April, six-game losing skid. But just beneath the surface Budinger recognized the reality of the situation.
For three years the Rockets have chased the playoffs only to come up just short of their stated goals. The likelihood of team management cleaving to the status quo despite these failures is nil. Change is going to come, even given the players' reticence to embrace that realization.
"You never know what's going to happen in summertime," Budinger said. "The Rockets, you know they like to make trades here so you never know if you're going to be here or not. Hopefully I'...