Blame game: Why the Rockets defense is a mess

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The season is just getting started for the Rockets, but the theme of not being able to defend is starting to become quite evident.

It's easy to just blame the players for their lack of performance on defense, but the coaches and front office have to be held accountable too.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank weighs in on who deserves the most blame for the team's defensive woes. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.

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Rockets GM Rafael Stone is wheeling and dealing. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets made a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to send the Nets' 2026 first-round pick back to Brooklyn. In exchange, the Rockets receive the Suns' 2027 first-round pick, a pick swap with the Suns in 2025, and could end up with the Suns' pick in 2029.

Sound confusing yet? Woj is also reporting that the Rockets have/had interest in using the Suns' picks to acquire Kevin Durant or Devin Booker down the road, should the Suns decide to rebuild.

Hopefully, this will clear things up. Per Kelly Iko of The Athletic:

The Rockets are now essentially in control of the Suns’ 2025 and 2027 first-round picks, still have the Nets’ 2027 first (in addition to their own 2027 first) and have the right to choose the more favorable 2029 first-round pick between Dallasand Phoenix, a team source confirmed. In 2028 and 2029, Houston also has its own first-round pick.


Woj discusses the deal further in the video below. The Rockets' conversation starts at the 4:20 mark.

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