HOUSTON Gone are Chase Budinger and Samuel Dalembert, and with them any reasonable amount of job security for Rockets guards Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin.
What has been a whirlwind of frenetic activity has yet to reach a crescendo for the Rockets, with the assurance of something grander likely to follow as the NBA Draft commences on Thursday night.
At stake: a fleeting opportunity to strike while the iron is hot for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose dogged pursuit of a superstar around which he could construct a roster hasnt materialized since Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming first showed signs of dilapidation. At play: Magic franchise center Dwight Howard, who will enter the final year of his contract in Orlando after spending the bulk of the recently-completed, lockout-shortened season waffling on his future there.
Even given the reality that Howard might balk at signing a max-deal contract with the Rockets, Morey has leaped headlong into an effort to assemble the chips deem...