Entering Wednesday, the Houston Rockets (13-37) were only a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the dubious distinction of having the NBA’s worst record in the 2020-21 season.

Fortunately for fans of the Rockets, general manager Rafael Stone doesn’t expect that to be a regular occurrence in the years ahead. Citing a catastrophic wave of injuries, Stone contends Houston’s current record is not indicative of the team’s true talent level, and he expects a “much more competitive” team as soon as the 2021-22 season.

In comments made Wednesday to Sean Salisbury of SportsTalk 790, here’s what Stone said when asked about the timing of a rebuild:

That entirely depends on the offseason and the market, and player movement. As you guys have seen, the NBA is at least as great a league in the offseason, as it is during the season.