HoopsHype Daryl Morey rumors

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Two teams believed that they had deals taking shape with the Rockets, but sense that Houston general manager Daryl Morey is working to find better deals. The Rockets have been pursuing a best-available-player mantra in talks, league sources said, but there appears to be a focus on wings and frontcourt players. Yahoo! Sports

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Q: Are you happy with your front office? A: Yes. Nobody is perfect. Every decision does not work. I do like the way they work, the way we arrive at those decisions. I think we have very good people. Houston Chronicle

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"There are some broader themes here, like (the idea that) using analysis means somehow you're like Spock, an unfeeling robot machine," Morey told USA TODAY Sports. "Now yeah, I have a more open style (than some of his like-minded contemporaries) and I really don't hide that fact. My background would make it, to me, silly to try and say that all I do is wear shorts and bounce a basketball all day and don't ever partake in any analysis. USA Today Sports

"I think people look at Daryl as a guy who is playing NBA2K15 with his roster," Battier, who is now retired, told USA TODAY Sports. "Now Daryl would be the first to tell you, 'Look, I am about improving my team in every way possible and I'm going to do it in a way that makes sense for this organization.' But if you gave truth serum to every (general manager), that's what they would tell you. Daryl is a little more forthcoming with his motivations. "I think Daryl's background as an MIT guy, a Northwestern guy works against him. And then again, people feel he's cold and calculating and doesn't have a heart. I enjoyed my conversations with Daryl. He's one of the smartest people I've come to know in sports. We've always had a great personal relationship." USA Today Sports

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Cuban, mind you, insists that those expecting fisticuffs, or anything close, would have been disappointed anyway. Says Cuban: "Is it competitive? Yes. Do I hate Daryl? No. I have a lot of respect for Daryl. Daryl's not one to hate at all. That's not his mode. He's very, very logical. "Daryl Morey is the Spock of the NBA. I didn't originate that; someone else told me that. He's the Spock of the NBA because he's talking about logic all the time." ESPN.com

Cuban likewise hasn't forgotten how Morey took the step of letting Parsons and the Mavs know, on the afternoon of July 13, the Rockets wouldn't be matching, when he could have dragged the drama out for several more hours. "Because Daryl's a good guy," Cuban said when asked why he thinks Morey didn't keep everyone waiting. "Because he's not a jerk." "Whether we won or lost the deal for Dwight Howard, it was a logical thing for him to call about Dirk," Cuban says now. "I took it as taunting initially, but the more I thought about it, it was the logical move to make. And when you're logical, it's hard to have animosity." ESPN.com

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Around last season’s All-Star break, preliminary chatter began among the league’s basketball operations folks and rule geeks about the prospect of reducing all trips to the free-throw line to a single foul shot. D-League president Dan Reed and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey were the closest thing to co-sponsors of a bill. Nobody was proposing anything to be fast-tracked, but an imperative to figure out ways to shorten pro basketball games gave the idea some life as something to consider implementing in the D-League. ESPN.com

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Morey has played a part in feeding the frenzy, too. "I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports. Yes, Morey respects the tactical purposes behind Cuban's crusade, but rejects his reasoning as flawed – even downright untrue. "We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly. Yahoo! Sports

"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

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“Actually, what I was thinking was I didn’t want to be thinking like five years later that I had this opportunity and didn’t do it,” Papanikolaou said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to miss it. I thought, ‘This is the time.’ I spoke with the GM (Daryl Morey). The coach himself (Kevin McHale) called me. That means a lot to a player. But I just didn’t want to be stupid and lose this opportunity to be here, to live this dream to go to the NBA.” Houston Chronicle

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Mark Cuban On if things are personal with the Rockets with Daryl Morey: “Oh, all good business is personal. Trust me, there’s nobody more competitive than me. Every bit of me wanted to kick his ass and I would have felt bad. Obviously they got Dwight [Howard] a couple of years ago. Yeah, I wanted to beat him. And that’s a compliment to him. Daryl is very smart. It was very much like a game of chess.” Dallas Morning News

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