HoopsHype Daryl Morey rumors

October 26, 2013 Updates

Houston opted to try to compete and posted winning records from 2009 to 2012, though without a playoff appearance, but fell short when it came to landing a star to help take the team to the next level. Until now. "The big thing was that when you lose your top guys, like Yao and Tracy, generally the way it has always been done is that you know you're going to have a bad season in there, because you need a high pick to get it done," Morey says. "And frankly, I still think that's probably your safer way to go. … (But) we just didn't think we could do it, so we sort of carved out a different way. "Keep our max (salary cap) room, stay flexible but try and avoid that really tough year. Again, I don't know if we've proven anything. We've proven that in our set of circumstances, I think we can hopefully turn the corner if we have the year we hope we're going to have. We had to be ready, but a lot had to line up as well." USA Today Sports

October 25, 2013 Updates

Daryl Morey had heard the chatter in NBA circles that his time as Houston Rockets general manager and unofficial poster boy for the next front-office frontier might be nearing an end if he didn't turn things around soon. But he paid it no mind because the rumblings never came from the man who had brought him to town six years ago: Rockets owner Les Alexander. "I heard second hand those rumblings, and it never made sense to me," Morey tells USA TODAY Sports. "Maybe because I knew Mr. Alexander had a lot of faith in what we were doing and was really an architect in a lot of the strategy, so we were executing on a plan and the owner knew it." USA Today Sports

October 9, 2013 Updates

The Rockets currently aspire to secure a top-four seed so they can get home-court advantage in the first round, and that's realistic. But with an aggressive franchise runner such as Morey and their Asik bullet, the possibilities are wide-ranging. "We're not all the way there, we're not a finished team," Morey said. "We're going to be experimenting. We want to be a great team by mid-April." ESPN.com

But the message coming out of Houston is clear, whether it involves Asik or not: They are not planning on waiting around for things to slowly mature. Part of the reason this team has such a good future is because it has the ability to continue to improve through the trade market. And it doesn't sound like Morey will turn passive. "We're focused about winning now," Morey said. "We know firsthand in Houston -- we had Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady when they were very young, and it looked like that run was going to be a long time. Your chances to be very good in this league are special, and when you have them, you have to focus 100 percent on getting as far as possible." ESPN.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

When we came in, it appeared that T-Mac was just finishing a conversation with GM Daryl Morey when James Harden walked over to him. They talked for some time, then Dwight Howard came over. Howard and McGrady spoke for about 20 minutes. T-Mac did not speak to the media. I’m told he just came to hang out, though obviously you wonder if there is some other reason. “Gettin’ some knowledge, gettin’ some knowledge,” said Harden of his talk with McGrady. “What he did here and how can he help me and how can I better myself as a basketball player and as a person? It’s always good to get the advice from the older guys who have been here and done that. It kind of helps me out. I just sit back and listen.” Clutchfans

September 28, 2013 Updates

At their media day on Friday, the Rockets unveiled a new state-of-the-art locker room that cost them $7 million and is 40,000 square feet. Included in it is a sprawling video screen that will feature analytics over each player's locker. Impressive. In the video via CSN Houston, Daryl Morey provides a quick tour of the new setup, showing off not just the locker room, but the workout facility and other behind-the-scenes areas. Cool. CBSSports.com

September 19, 2013 Updates

While Rockets general manager Daryl Morey recently took to reddit to defend his starting point guard, there’s still the possibility that Lin could be dealt before the trade deadline. Morey is known for wheeling and dealing just before the deadline, and he’ll pull the trigger if the right transaction presents itself. Lin, for his part, isn’t worried about the trade rumors. “It’s just part of it,” Lin said of the trade rumors. “We’ve all had to deal with it, the guys who have played in the league, except for a select few. For me, I’ve dealt with it for my whole career. I mean, I’ve dealt with rumors about being cut so I can deal with trade rumors.” “I still remember what it was like being on the edge of my seat and wondering if I was even going to be on a roster tomorrow,” Lin adds with a laugh, “so this is nothing.” HoopsWorld

September 18, 2013 Updates

Despite being the first team to meet with Howard on July 1st, Morey wasn’t really comfortable with getting Howard to Houston until it was official, “I didn’t really feel like we had him for sure until, he literally, the ink was flowing out of the pen,” Morey told MaD Radio. “I didn’t feel good until then.” Morey wasn’t completely happy being the first team to talk to the super star, “By going first I think the other teams have somewhat of an edge. They can trash us in the future meeting.” “We felt like we had the strongest story and that is what won the day. Dwight was very positive after our meeting, so we felt good at that point.” CBS Local

“I think there are probably at least three teams better than us if not more,” Morey said about the chances of winning a championship this season. “Until you’re going into a season felling like you are the top one or two I think it’s, and we haven’t really accomplished anything, I think it’s hard to talk about ‘hey we’re one of the favorites to win the championship.’ But I do think we go in with a chance, where as we haven’t in the last few years.” So, of those three or more teams ahead of the Rockets right now, who are they? Mike Meltser tossed out the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs to Morey. “I think those three, I would say going in for sure are better than us, and they’ve definitely proven more,” Morey said of the last three teams to appear in an NBA Finals. “I think the Bulls and the Pacers they’re very good as well this year. I am hoping we are in the mix with them, maybe equal quality.” CBS Local

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