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Houston Rockets general manager is stepping down according to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN
In a series of changes for the Rockets, Wojnarowski added that Morey will remain in an advisory role to assist in the team’s hunt for a new head coach after Mike D’Antoni told the team that he wouldn’t return next season.
Morey has been the general manager of Houston Rockets since the 2007-08 season and signed a five-year extension with the franchise in 2019. Wojnarowski reports that Morey isn’t ruling out a future in the NBA but he has become “increasingly determined to explore what else might interest him professionally.”
The Rockets are reportedly looking to promote Rafael Stone as general manager, in place of Morey. Stone is currently the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
The Rockets ended the 2019-20 season with a 44-28 record, earning the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They defeated Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games of the first round and lost to Los Angeles Lakers in five games of the second round.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Rockets’ stars, are under contract for a minimum of two more seasons. They both have played options for the 2022-23 season, worth $46.7 million and $46.9 million respectively.
Morey said managing the Rockets was the most gratifying experience of his professional life and that he was confident Houston would continue to perform at the highest level. He also confirmed that he was not leaving because of a disagreement over the team’s strategy or direction.
He has been an aggressive dealmaker who made 77 trades during his 13-plus years in charge and had been at the forefront of the rising use of advanced statistics in NBA front offices over the past decade.