Southwest Notes: Morey, Rockets, Noel, Ferrell

Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who recently signed a four-year extension, continues to work on large-scale moves after a quiet draft, writes Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. On draft night, the Rockets had just one second-round pick and used it on Isaiah Hartenstein, who will remain overseas next season, Feigen tweets. The Rockets also traded their second-round pick, Dillon Brooks, to the Grizzlies for a second-round pick next season. Morey discussed his approach:

“We were very focused on two things, to get someone who can help us now and in the future. The second, we did a lot of potential discussions with teams that advanced a little bit today. Obviously, we’re focused on the team now, focused on chasing Golden State. Anything we can push in the future to help us upgrade the team, potentially through trade, we’re ready to do.”

The Rockets were discussing Paul George with the Pacers on Thursday and continue to do so, but nothing was considered close on draft day, per Feigen. The team was simultaneously having conversations directed at making cap room available if they needed it for an expensive free agent addition. Morey stated that the team was considering some deals to move into the first round of the draft, but the Rockets prioritized saving cap space to pursue big trades.

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7 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Morey, Rockets, Noel, Ferrell

  1. jdrew

    The Mavs top priority is to match whatever their restricted free agent signs? Just seems like they don’t have a priority then.

  2. Dionis

    That lineup looking serious

    Smith Jr

    Mix of veterans and Dirk is surrounded with 4 athletes, I think they could compete for a 7th-8th seed out West.

  3. gmflores27

    I’m confused on why people aren’t praising Morey for Hartenstein that was such a steal

  4. Reflect

    So they traded a pick for a future pick? Did they get anything else in that trade?

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