Daryl Morey Rumors
The moves signaled Morey’s position may not be quite as secure as it once was, league sources say. The dismissal of Gianluca Pascucci, Houston’s former vice president of player personnel and a Morey confidant, was widely seen as a shot across the bow at Morey. Morey says the decision was his, and the Nets quickly snapped up Pascucci after several teams expressed interest in him.
The Rockets had room to burn amid an unprecedented cap spike, and concluded they couldn’t stand pat — or trawl the bargain bin for cheapo guys with potential to develop into trade assets. “We had a choice: keep our powder dry and value play, or go for two blue-chip players past the obvious superstars,” Morey said. “It was a tough cap environment. You have to spend the money on someone.” Don’t let the meager leftover cap room fool you: Houston still wants stars. “Teams that win it all generally have two top-10 players,” Morey said. “We have one. We will always look for more.”
The Rockets are confident everyone will thrive in D’Antoni’s go-go system, bumping up their trade value, and that they can open cap space in a pinch — via trade, waiver, or an unexpected cap leap. “We may have created some downside risk for ourselves,” Morey said. “But if we’re as good we think we are gonna be — and that’s a team that gets home-court in first round, or just short of that — I don’t see any problems getting it done.”
Former Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff resisted complying with the wishes of general manager Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander regarding a drastic reduction in Howard’s playing time. Team sources said Alexander never participated in the meetings with Morey and Bickerstaff but fully supported the general manager’s plan to prioritize Capela’s development.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cultivated a reputation as the NBA’s most statistically inclined front-office chief. So, it’s impossible to read this tweet from B.J. Armstrong – the former Chicago Bull and current agent of Donatas Motiejunas, who’s in a contract quarrel with Houston – as anything but a shot at Morey and the Rockets. BJ Armstrong: “When analytics can measure human behavior, then and only then will I find them useful”.