• The Rockets will rest their veteran players for the rest of the season due to injuries
  • Houston seems to be keeping tabs on their chances in the 2022 NBA Draft
  • Dennis Schroder's injury could be a big blow to his aspirations in the offseason

The Houston Rockets are simply going through the motions of finishing the 2021-22 regular season, and it appears they will do so without three veteran names.

Christian Wood, Eric Gordon and Dennis Schroder were all listed as questionable last Monday, March 28 due to injuries.

With only several games left and the Rockets already eliminated, it appears the season has come to a close for the three veterans.

The Rockets sport a 20-56 win-loss card and have already been eliminated from the playoff picture.

Hence, it may be best for them to rest Wood for next season.

Wood, the Rockets' frontrunner in both scoring and rebound departments, was sidelined due to a tight left hamstring.

On the part of Gordon, the 33-year-old is dealing with right groin soreness.

It would be best to note that these injuries have their own veracities.

Some NBA teams have used this as an excuse to sit out their star players, a move to preserve them for more important games or to make sure they remain healthy in potential trade scenarios after the current season.

However, the case may be a bit different for Dennis Schroder.

The German guard was taken in last February via trade and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Schroder is sidelined with a sore left shoulder, and being sidelined is likely to hurt him more compared to Wood and Gordon.

Unless the Rockets have intentions of keeping Schroder, it will only hurt the German’s chances of finding a new home with a lucrative payday.

Schroder is currently on a $5.8 million deal.

For the Rockets, sitting out the three stars could also figure in with their 2022 NBA Draft chances.

Currently tied with the Detriot Pistons and Orlando Magic, the Rockets have a 14% chance at the top draft pick and a 52.1% chance at a top-four pick.

Dennis Schroder #17 of the Houston Rockets
Dennis Schroder #17 of the Houston Rockets Getty Images | Alika Jenner