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Rockets give GM Daryl Morey four-year extension

Mar 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Daryl Morey, James Harden AP

Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been more popular outside Houston and with the media — particularly the NBA blogosphere — than inside Houston. They keep hearing about the brilliance but what they saw was a team that was pretty mediocre at best (because the bodies of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming gave out, both pre-Morey guys, but still).

However, this year you really can see progress. Morey finally landed the franchise player he’s been after and some moves like getting Omer Asik are paying off. Barring a collapse now, the Rockets should make the playoffs this season. And their future is bright with plenty of cap space.

So Rockets ownership rewarded Morey with a four-year contract extension, reports Fox Houston.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told FOX 26 Sports on Thursday that he and general manager Daryl Morey have reached a verbal agreement on the key components of a 4-year extension.

Morey has one-year left on his contract, so the four-year extension ties him to the Rockets through the 2017-18 season.

“The reason I extended Daryl, I thought he’s done a terrific job in his tenure with the Rockets,” Alexander said. “I think he’s somebody we want to keep around for a long time to help construct the team.”

This time Morey is not only the chef but he got to pick his ingredients on this team, and so far it looks pretty good at 33-29. He should be allowed to see what he can make with it.

But if this soufflé falls things could be very different.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    More impressive than their performance this year – a probable playoff team despite being one of the youngest in the NBA – is how well they’re set up for the future.

    They have room to add another max contract to pair with James Harden, who is a legit All-Star. Asik and Lin were high-risk signings that appear to be working out.
    Morey also saw a sinking ship in Sacramento and managed to pull off a low-cost trade for a former lottery draft pick (Thomas Robinson) who has high upside.

    I’m not a Rockets fan, but I’m very impressed with what they’ve done the past year, and they’re definitely a team to watch next year.

  2. dalucks - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    That is a little premature. The length of the extension is bad considering that the only thing he has proven is that he can spend money but not necessarily maintain a sucessful team over an extended period of time.
    I guess Morey cashed in like Asik and Lin on a small sample size.

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Are you trolling?

  3. moseskkim - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    great/quick job by morey. people second guessed the signings of lin and asik, letting go of lowry, dragic, but it all worked out and the trade for harden was a genius move. next task for him? grow a beard like hardens to hide that nasty double chin =))

    • moseskkim - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      sorry, had to add amnestying a perfectly healthy and fairly productive player scola. getting thomas robinson. and theyll have lots of cap space to add more great talent. awesome job.

  4. icewalker946 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Well I totally failed on that attempt…onto another image;
    http://api.ning.com/files/hDoN24rSnh47qn2t6CmYblulEX7gdPeJqXol4Of8rW4_/chubbs.jpg

  5. dylude - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    He rebuilt a team that lost two all time great talents without a top 10 draft pick.

    Morey rebuilt a team without tanking, how many other active GMs have been able to do this? Very hard to do so the extension is deserved.

  6. thekingdave - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Hey dalucks, you’re not even a Rockets fan so don’t add your two cents. Just stop commenting on Houston teams in general. Anyways, you can argue that Morey has never lost a trade during his tenure. It’s remarkable that he’s kept this team at .500 with spare parts and without top ten picks. Most of the vitriol towards Morey in Houston is based on this idea he’s racist (Favoring Parsons over Morris last season , D-Mo starting at the 4, hiring McHale). Don’t believe me? Please check out the comments on Rockets articles in the Houston Chronicle. They refer to fans such as myself as “Moreyons”.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    This reminds me of that story where the guys starts with a paper clip and keeps trading until he amasses a fortune.

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