Gersson Rosas Rumors
“Strategy-wise, we stay pretty consistent,” Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas said. “Our focus is always on draft the best player available. The reality is the draft is usually a multiyear decision. For us, it’s (about) identifying the best talent, getting on the same page in terms of the front office and coaching staff and seeing how these guys will fit in our style and philosophy. For us, the matter of trying to address roster needs to play next year is probably not a healthy exercise. For the level we want to play, we’re probably going to have to address those needs either in free agency or the trade market, depending on how our own free agency goes. Our focus is to bring all our guys back. Whatever we do in the draft adds to our depth and our development.”
If the Rockets add two rookies to next season’s roster (they also have the second pick of the second round), they could have as many as six first- or second-year players. KJ McDaniels will be a free agent, but the Rockets hope to sign him. The Rockets do want to bring back Kostas Papanikolaou, but Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas said “a decision has not been made” about whether to exercise their option on the second year of his contract or to try to sign him again as a free agent. But Morey said he would not hesitate to add two more first-year players, even if the Rockets keep all of last season’s rookies. “We’re not worried about how many young players we have,” Morey said. “I think it’s good to have a mix of veterans and young players.”
After resigning three months into his tenure as the general manager of the Dallas Mavericks, Gersson Rosas is returning to the Houston Rockets as executive vice president of basketball operations, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Rosas, 35, had spent nine successful years working his way to the top of Houston’s front office before accepting the GM job with the Mavericks in July.