Despite returning to the playoffs for the first time in three years, the 1991-92 season ended for the Rockets much as the previous seasons had, in disappointment. Houston GM Beagle noted, "While getting swept out of the opening round by Golden State, it became evident that we were outclassed in far too many categories to keep tweaking. It's time to rebuild this thing from the ground up."
As such, the Rockets front office decided to go with LaPhonso Ellis, an offensive minded power forward with a bit of length. With just four players under contract moving into the expansion draft, and only Sean Elliott reportedly being targeted for resigning, Ellis should see no shortage of playing time in the foreseeable future.