It looks like the Rockets have grown tired of having the best record in the draft lottery every year, being annually the last team not to qualify for the playoffs.
So they’re diving.
They might as well be leaping from an airplane door without a parachute or plummeting to depths that normally require a scuba tank and flippers.
They’ll call it simply modifying the course, staying flexible with contracts and keeping themselves attractive to potential trade partners.
That’s why they let Goran Dragic walk out the door as a free agent. That’s why they traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a lottery pick. That’s why they withdrew their qualifying offer to Courtney Lee. Now, they’ve swapped Marcus Camby to the Knicks for a handful of magic beans.