LAS VEGAS - Each of the Rockets' three major offseason moves have now officially been completed with three of the top seven players no longer with the team. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale is still waiting to see what the team is able to add to the team to really assess how the team stacks up.
"We'll see who we get, we still have to sign some players," McHale said while watching the Rockets' summer league team face the Clippers on Tuesday. "We have a lot of work to do as a franchise to get our roster filled out. So we're just going to keep grinding away. We'll see who we have come the end of free agency and we're going to go out there and play."
Houston lost Chandler Parsons via free agency to Dallas, traded Omer Asik and Omri Casspi to New Orleans, and traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the Rockets added Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, and Scotty Hopson in those deals, only Ariza is certain to play a major role moving forward. Ariza is expected to re-assume the spot he held five seasons ago in Houston as the starting small forward.
"I like Trevor. I think Trevor can help us," McHale said. "He really shot the three-ball very well last year. We're going to need him to do that again. His defense, leadership coming to help our team (will help).
Above all else, McHale was most concerned about how the rest of the roster was going to shake out, but stressed the importance of finding some veteran players.
"We need to add some vets to our team right now, because we lost some guys that we counted on," McHale said. "It's hard to replace Asik and hard to replace Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons with young guys. They have experience and we need some experience."
When asked if he thought, as general manager Daryl Morey said recently, the Rockets would be a better team come playoff time this season than they were last season, he simply said, "We'll find out."