NBA Free-Agency Roundup: Are Rockets the Biggest FA Loser in the West?

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    The Houston Rockets’ increasingly disappointing offseason underscores the importance of seizing the moment.

    Just over a month ago, Houston had the Golden State Warriors on the ropes—up three games to two and heading home for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets had two cracks at eliminating the eventual champs, probably should have advanced…and didn’t.

    Houston missed its moment. And now the greatest challenger the Dubs (Kevin Durant version) have ever faced is receding into the rearview. 

    This might feel overdramatic; we’re only talking about Houston losing Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns and Luc Mbah a Moute to the Los Angeles Clippers, per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Neither player is a star, and the Rockets were significantly better against the Warriors in the playoffs when those two were on the bench.

    Still, at a time when the entire league is scouring the landscape for rangy defensive aces who can also hit a three, the Rockets just lost two of them.

    Ignore the small conference finals sample suggesting Houston doesn’t need its top two wing defenders. Length and versatility keyed a switching Rockets scheme that stifled most opponents, contributing to a No. 6

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