Daryl Morey Rumors
Before then, the Rockets will move to free agency. Morey described the plan to sign his own free agents – Pat Beverley, Josh Smith, KJ McDaniels, Jason Terry and Corey Brewer – as “most likely” unchanged, though he could kick the tires on much larger, roster-changing moves. “I think there’s possible opportunities we have to explore that are bigger, but I think they’re unlikely,” Morey said. “It’s probably likely we’ll stay over the cap and use our mid-level.”
He did, however, try to make a substantial move up in the draft that he thought was close, only to remain at 18 where a player he had targeted all season, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker, was waiting. “There was a lot of (talk about) movement,” Morey said. “Had a really interesting move-up opportunity that got close, I thought. Never can know, but it seemed like it. We had a couple of trade-outs. We had a couple trade-out or back options. Unfortunately — we got great players – but nothing manifested itself.
Morey said the next player on their draft board after Dekker was a guard. Though he would not specify who that was, it was most likely either Duke’s Tyus Jones or Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant who was selected with the next pick. “We always go with who we think is the best player,” Morey said. “We took who we think is the best player at each (draft) spot. If Sam Dekker was gone, I think guard was the next guy on the board.”
Morey indicated Harrell and Dekker could see time in the NBA Development League as his other recent draft picks, save Chandler Parsons, had before getting playing time with the Rockets. Both are expected to play with the Rockets’ summer league team with Clint Capela and Nick Johnson, last season’s draft picks. “We have a very hard roster to get minutes on with the Rockets,” Morey said. “I think our normal developmental program last year had Capela helping us with minutes at the end of the year. I think if we got Sam or Montrezl helping us at the end of the year, that will be fantastic.”
Jon Krawczynski: Flip said they talked to Houston about trading up to 18 but @Daryl Morey “wanted my first-born.” “And mine.” – GM Milt Newton
They went deeper in the playoffs than in any season since 1997. They won more playoff series than in the rest of general manager Daryl Morey’s previous seven seasons as GM combined. They hope to bring back more of the previous season’s roster than he ever has. But they will go into Thursday’s draft determined to choose the best player they can get, regardless of need, and to look at the potential three or four years later. “We’re still focused on the best player available,” Morey said via text message.
Yet, when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey puts together his shopping list, Harden had a suggestion. He said he “definitely” would like to see the Rockets add another playmaker to take some of that responsibility out of his hands. “That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.”
Daryl Morey: Congratulations Warriors. Great great team. Thank you to Rockets fans, you carried us all year. Back at it #pursuit2016
Daryl Morey on Bob Myers: “He was definitely the executive of the year. He’s done an amazing job. He’s just a really good basketball mind.”
Bob Myers on Daryl Morey: “He’s fantastic. I’ve learned from him, the way that he does things. I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he did with their roster this year.”
Rudy Gobert: Don’t worry about the lottery…just look at my boy Capela who got drafted 25th. #allyouneedisagoodGM. Daryl Morey: Great rim protectors apparently go 25-30 in the draft MT @rudygobert27 Don’t worry about lottery-just look at my boy Capela drafted 25th
Diamond Leung: Daryl Morey: “If we can slow them down or win that transition game or make it close, I think we’ll have a shot.” espn.go.com/espnradio/play…
Morey did not comment when asked about overcoming those doubts, but did say a point was made by the Rockets players, who “rallied around” the predictions that the Clippers would win Game 7. “I was happy all out guys played well so they can all enjoy tonight and get ready to get on the flight tomorrow,” Morey said. “I think they’ll all know tonight pretty much everybody stepped up. “I think they were upset people were mostly picking the Clippers to win on our home floor. I think that was something that rallied our guys. I think we’ll be underdogs the next round, too. So, hopefully, we keep shocking the world, too.”
Diamond Leung: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey yesterday on James Harden for MVP: “No. 1 on my ballot.” http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12843409
ESPN: Are you surprised McHale wasn’t higher in the Coach of the Year voting? Morey: I thought it was terrible. I continue to not understand what criteria people are using. Our own hometown paper didn’t vote him first, second or third, and it’s very frustrating.
ESPN: In a few years, the salary cap could increase to $100 million. How does that affect the process of putting a roster together? Morey: I think just like every team we got to factor in what the cap in the future is going to do and all our decisions, and obviously those are a little ways away, we’re still focusing on the playoffs. It’s a big part of our planning. The biggest factor with our planning, it’s not only the cap room we have or don’t have, it’s always your cap room or your cap room in relative to others is really what impacts you the most. We do a lot of planning, but right now we’re just focused on the playoffs.
ESPN: Josh Smith will be a free agent after the season, how open are you to wanting to bring him back? Morey: We’re pretty focused on now, but obviously pretty much everyone on this team, we’re going to be focused on trying to bring them back. We got quite a few free agents, Josh Smith is one, we’re going to address in the offseason. We feel if our team can keep executing, we feel like we can keep getting better with the group that we have here.
On a night when Harden could never get his rhythm, Howard was a monster with 28 points and 12 rebounds and Smith was his running partner with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. These were the good old days, resurrected with the Rockets. Josh Smith will be a free agent this summer, but he doesn’t want to leave here – nor does Rockets general manager Daryl Morey want to lose him.
And while McHale’s supporters give Harden and Howard a lot of credit, they still don’t understand how the coach isn’t listed regularly among the best. “Moneyball has Kevin McHale underrated,” Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said. “It’s a little upsetting honestly. I don’t understand how that is the case, them having the third best record in the league, winning the division in arguably the toughest division ever on an NBA floor. Going into the year, you hear the Rockets barely make the playoffs. Usually all that factors into a guy saying OK, he has done a good job and he is in the conversation for Coach of the Year.”
Morey and the radio hosts talked about his beef with Mark Cuban and why he’s still a big fan of the Mavs’ owner. To read about that, click here. On what he thinks Chandler Parsons’ ceiling is: “I don’t think he has a ceiling. I really think he can be one of the top players in the league. He’s on his way. He had one of his best games yesterday [he scored 22 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday], so I do keep track of him. I’m a big fan of Chandler’s. I thought he was a great pickup for Dallas. It was more of a contractual thing that made him not a fit here given some of our goals and some of our other constraints we had of players already on the roster. From my vantage point of what I’ve seen, he’s had a fabulous season. I think he can be a cornerstone for a long time for you guys.”
“So I’m a big fan. I think the only time we’ve ever gotten sideways was when I got a little bothered when he said we had all this turnover and stuff _ when we have less than they do. The factual thing I’ll get out there and correct it, but otherwise I’m a big fan of Mark’s and hope he is (of me) as well, but you’ll have to ask him that.”
On Thursday, three hours before his Rockets tipped off against the Mavericks at American Airlines Center, Morey appeared on ESPN Radio’s Afternoon Show. Asked whether he believes he and Cuban are friends, Morey was complimentary of the Mavericks owner. For years, the two have been leading panelists at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. “I don’t know what he thinks; you’d have to ask him,” Morey said. “He’s been a friend of the conference. He’s obviously a great owner, really changed the NBA in a lot of ways with not only winning, but game presentation.