With their season teetering on the brink of collapse and the trade deadline looming ominously just days away, the Rockets reconvened Monday knowing that the next three days could change everything. They begin the post-All-Star break schedule tonight with a road back-to-back, coming off a 1-3 homestand that further reduced their slim margin for error. They head into games against Detroit and Cleveland knowing that the next time they play, they could look very different as a team since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been trying feverishly to upgrade the roster before Thursday's trade deadline. "Something is going to happen," guard Aaron Brooks said. "Something will happen. We have to play these two games and then wait." Although he often has been frustrated this season, Brooks said his priorities are simple. "I want to be here (with the Rockets), and I want to win games," Brooks said. "That's it." That was the sentiment up and down the roster, but there also was a sense that some players might not be with the team by the Rockets' next practice Friday. Morey has been among the most aggressive general managers in seeking deals. Although Rockets players said there has been little talk among them about the upcoming trade deadline and the potential for trades, there remains an obvious tension. "We'll have finality," said Shane Battier, who is one of those who expects he could be dealt. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the next few days being over. With a certain degree of confidence, I can say that about my teammates as well.
Uncertain Rockets get back to work
Houston Chronicle | Feb 22