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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Will Rockets Be Cursed With #1 Pick?

Backup point guard Goran Dragic, who was acquired for Aaron Brooks last season, had his option for next season picked up by the Rockets. This was reported on Monday afternoon, but was confirmed this morning by the Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.

Dragic played in 22 games for Houston after the trade. He averaged 17.2 minutes, 7.7 points and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 51 percent on 54 three-point attempts. 

A few other Rockets-related things floating around Tuesday morning: Richard Justice profiles new head coach Kevin McHale, but somehow doesn't say anything particularly interesting about him. We do find out he turned down at least one head coaching job before deciding to take the Rockets and that he's got a bum ankle. Here's the extended version of the interview, thanks to Richie's blog.

Here's a ranking of the Southwest Division for next season (a little premature) that, predictably, has the Rockets picked last. Oh, and they get a shot in about Morey collecting a bunch of assets.

Rahat Huq over at has a Q&A with Zach Harper of, who's also a big Timberwolves fan. They discuss all things McHale, but we still don't learn much, other than that Minny fans are still sorta bitter over McHale's time there. So, he coached twice, improving the team both times, but he doesn't deserve credit?

Finally, Red94 also breaks down the two main trades Houston made last season to see what Morey got. When you look at it like this, how can you not be impressed when Morey does his thing. That's a serious haul, even if part of it does contain Hasheem Thabeet's useless husk.

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