Rockets GM Daryl Morey steps down after 13 years

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has elected to step down. He spent 13 seasons in the role.

The Rockets are now looking for a General Manager and a Head Coach. Former Head Coach Mike D’Antoni informed the team officials that he would be departing to pursue other opportunities.

Former Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey speaks during a press conference announcing the signing of Jeremy Lin
Daryl Morey speaks during a press conference announcing the signing of Jeremy Lin (Getty Images)

To replace Morey, the Rockets are expected to promote Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Rafael Stone as GM, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Eli Witus is expected be promoted to Assistant GM.

Stone will now be in charge of hiring the team’s new head coach.

His biggest move was acquiring James Harden in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 27, 2012. Since the move, Harden has become a star.

However, despite Harden being a superstar, the team has done very little in the playoffs.

Also, under Morey and D’Antoni, the team went to small ball lineups, as he traded Clint Capela away to the Atlanta Hawks. Also, the Rockets also waived Isaiah Hartenstein.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Morey has been considering leaving his position since the Rockets were eliminated in the playoffs. He will stay on as an advisory role through the team’s coaching search, before leaving.

The Rockets plan to interview Jeff Van Gundy for a second-time soon. The team was considering a second interview with Tyronn Lue; however, that’s no longer an opportunity.

Lue has accepted a five-year deal to be the Los Angeles Clippers head coach.

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