Not really. A 24th pick for a one year rental if the Rockets don't get passed the first round. Teams sell those picks all the time. Not every team is a championship team, and not every team is a playoff team. Getting passed the first round is not a big deal, championships are. In 04, the Rockets gave the Lakers a run for their money. If the T-Mac deal happened a year sooner the Lakers would have been swept. In 05, JVG should have tanked a little because the standings were skewed in favor of the 6th seed who faced Seattle instead of a cheating Mavs team. Rockets lost in 7 games. In 06, Yao/T-Mac injured In 07, the Rockets lost to the Azz in 7 games. In 08, Rafer/Yao injured. Game 2 was badly officiated. Rockets lost in 6. The Rockets have consistently made it to the postseason in the toughest division in the league. They haven't won anything, but they've been a successful team withstanding many roster changes, injuries, cheating, and a tough conference.