Rockets GM Daryl Morey has decided to step down from his role in Houston
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN just reported that General Manager Daryl Morey is stepping down from his role with the Rockets:
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down.
After Houston’s elimination from the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Florida, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job and the sides quietly worked through an exit agreement to conclude his 13 seasons running the franchise’s basketball operations, sources said.
It was a tough season for the Rockets as they committed to playing with an ultra-small ball system after trading Clint Capella to the Atlanta Hawks at the end of the trade deadline and were firmly convinced that they could win the title this season. It was a challenge that they embraced and fought until the end, where they got eliminated 4–1 by the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, all these years, it has been a film with the same ending. So many players, so many investments and too much excitment every season but the result was the same. Something has to change. Mike D’Antoni announced his departure from the franchise a month ago and now Rockets general manager Morey has accepted his portion of failure as he was the one that didn’t put next his superstar James Harden some players and a coach that could make this postseason journey to last until the end.
Everything looked good on a paper but all these years they failed to reach their ultimate goal and major changes succeed one the other. What comes next?
First of all, who is going to be their new head coach? Names such as:
Jeff Van Gundy, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, has been a favorite of Rockets ownership and management, and he is known to prefer the idea of coaching in his adopted home city to avoid uprooting his family. He has been active as a coach with USA Basketball in recent years, but he hasn’t coached in the NBA since resigning with the Rockets in 2007. Van Gundy was 430–318 in the regular season and 44–44 in the postseasons in parts of 11 seasons with Rockets and Knicks.
Tyronn Lue, who led Cavaliers to their first championship four years ago, while last season he had the role of the assistant coach next to Doc Rivers who was sacked by the Clippers recently and signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Lue is a strong candidate for Houston, however there multiple teams which are looking for a new coach. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, he is the leading candidate to be offered the Clippers head coaching job, but there are also other teams such as the Rockets and the New Orlean Pelicans who have scheduled meetings with him and aspire to convince him to become the new leader of their franchise.
Then what comes next is who are the players that they are going to keep and those they will go after.
The NBA originally planned to have free agency start on October 18, but given Adam Silver’s recent comments about starting next season in January, the original plan doesn’t appear to be the one that will stick.
Nothing’s official yet, but fans should expect the draft and free agency to get pushed back from their originally slated dates.
Top free agents available:
Anthony Davis, Lakers (Unrestricted/UFA)
Brandon Ingram, Pelicans (Restricted/RFA)
Gordon Hayward, Celtics (Player option)
Montrezl Harrell, Clippers (UFA)
Fred VanVleet, Raptors (UFA)
Andre Drummond, Cavaliers (Player option)
DeMar DeRozan, Spurs (Player Option)
Danilo Gallinari, Thunder (UFA)
Davis Bertans, Wizards (UFA)
Mike Conley, Jazz (Player option)
Goran Dragic, Heat (UFA)
Who should they go after?