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Sports Monday: Rockets Left Pretty Empty Handed

It was an (ahem) eventful weekend for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. They traded Jeremy Lin and a first round draft pick to the Lakers for…basically nothing. It was an effort to clear cap room in order to sign free agent Chris Bosh, who ultimately decided to stay in Miami, despite LeBron James’ departure for Cleveland. […]

It was an (ahem) eventful weekend for the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

They traded Jeremy Lin and a first round draft pick to the Lakers for…basically nothing. It was an effort to clear cap room in order to sign free agent Chris Bosh, who ultimately decided to stay in Miami, despite LeBron James’ departure for Cleveland. The Rockets had also targeted Carmelo Anthony, to no avail. He returned to the New York Knicks. The Rockets then decided not to match the Dallas Mavericks’ offer sheet for restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, so Parsons is now a Mav. And in what has become a three team trade, the Rockets have moved Omar Asik, Omri Casspi and cash, while signing Trevor Ariza, who last played for the Rockets in 2010.

Did you get all that?

We ask Culture Map Houston sports columnist MK Bower to untangle this complicated web of personnel moves, which now seem to have left the Rockets with a lot more cap space, and a seemingly depleted roster behind James Harden and Dwight Howard.

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