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Next for the Houston Rockets: Roster moves to return to title contention

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Rockets playoff hopes ride on small ball (2:38)

Relive the ups and downs of the Rockets' small-ball approach this season as Houston prepares to take on the best in West in the NBA playoffs. (2:38)

Russell Westbrook and Robert Covington were supposed to make this Houston Rockets team more dangerous. Instead, after a promising season, James Harden and the Rockets found themselves in a familiar situation -- eliminated in the second round.

The Rockets are known for turning over their roster, including the acquisitions of Chris Paul and then Westbrook. This offseason, the lack of roster flexibility and draft assets will present a challenge. They also have decisions to make on possible extensions for Harden, Westbrook and P.J. Tucker.

Houston also had other big decisions to make with the departures of Mike D'Antoni as coach and Daryl Morey as general manager. Earlier this month, Morey stepped down and the Rockets named Rafael Stone as the new GM. And on Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Rockets were expected to hire Stephen Silas as their new coach.