Posted December 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
It was a deal designed to propel the Houston Rockets toward the top of the Western Conference. The Rockets were willing to deal away top scorers Kevin Martin and Luis Scola and backup point guard Goran Dragic to land Pau Gasol. Instead, the NBA killed the three-team deal and the Rockets were forced to prepare for the 2011-12 season with much of the same team that missed the playoffs last year with a 43-39 record. Point guard Kyle Lowry and swing forward Chase Budinger will rejoin Martin and Scola in the starting lineup. Jordan Hill or Patrick Patterson are the likely candidates to fill the forward spot vacated when the team couldn't re-sign Chuck Hayes. The Rockets open the season Monday on the road against Orlando.
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