--Rockets guard Goran Dragic knew what would come next. After that, he was uncertain.
Dragic said he would return to Slovenia, spend time with his family, talk with his agent and try to decide what he wants to do as a free agent. He did not know what that would be. Though he said he was very happy in Houston and would like to return, he said he also wants to be a starting point guard, a position that might be more uncertain in Houston with Kyle Lowry under contract than with the teams expected to chase him.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey began a Twitter campaign with Rockets fans to begin working to persuade Dragic. Players had already begun making their appeal.
"I think it's important for us to bring Gogi back," center Marcus Camby, who will also be a free agent, said. "He's a big part of what we're doing around here. Anything can happen in this league. I've been around long enough to understand the business aspect, but I like the pieces we have. Bringing back Dragic is key."
Said Luis Scola, "He's a part of what we're doing. We need him back. He's very important, I believe."
--Marcus Morris played in just 17 games as a rookie struggling with the change to small forward and unable to move ahead of second-round pick Chandler Parsons in the rotation. He has in no way lost his confidence.
"I think I'm going to be great," Morris said. "Once I figure it out and know what I need to do to play at this level, I think I'm going to be a great player in this league. I don't know if that is going to be here or somewhere else, but I think for sure I'm going to be a great player."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"There's no way we shouldn't be playing in the playoffs this weekend. We're not. I hope it's a learning experience for our guys. I talked to them about it. If you're going to play in meaningful games, there's going to be a lot of heat and people are going to be coming for you. There's just a level you have to understand." -- Rockets coach Kevin McHale.
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