Sunday, July 8, 2012
7/08/2012 04:17:00 PM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
With most of the NBA world confused by the direction the Rockets have taken over the past few weeks, our good friend Jonathan Feigen, from the Houston Chronicle, got the chance to ask Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Rockets, what his focus and plans were during this transition.
Morey explains the moves and the ways that teams can improve to ultimately reach the pinnacle of basketball. Staying at mediocrity is not the intentions of the Rockets, who have continued to hover around the 7th and 10th seeds the past few years since the post - Yao Ming era.
“We have four ways to get a foundational, franchise player,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “One is through our players on our roster who have that ability to reach that level reaching it. One is trade. One is free agency. And one is through the draft. “We think every roster spot and rotation spot is precious and every one of them, or nearly every one of them, needs to either have a chance to develop into a star or leave us flexible to acquire a star with cap room or through other means.”
Before hearing his logic behind the transactions, I was against the plan. I felt as though the Rockets lost out on three solid point guards (Lowry, Lin and Dragic). The logic behind the moves of trading Lowry, not matching Dragic and offering Lin a ton of money seemed to counter act each other leaving the media clueless on the Rockets intentions.
“While we had Yao Ming, every transaction was how do we make the team better around Yao Ming because we thought with him we had a legitimate shot of being a contender,” Morey said. “Every transaction since we knew Yao Ming was no longer going to play for us, which was more recent than people talk about, has been focused on how does this move us closer to getting a star player.”Whether or not you buy into the personal on the roster ability to become a star, you can't discredit the logic that Morey and the Rockets are taking. It is clear to most that they long for a star and are positioning themselves to make a trade or to sign one when they become available. We know they have been keeping a close eye on the Dwightmare situation but will that be enough to get over the hump?
At least, now we have an understanding of the direction the Rockets are taking.
“When you’re close and have a foundational piece, you should be willing to give up picks and overpay players, whatever it takes while you have that precious foundation to get better,” Morey said. “When you don’t have a foundational piece to build around, you should do every move in reverse, which is how does each move get us closer to getting a star, how does it get us more cap room, how does it get us more high picks and how does it get us more players with potential.”