Daryl Morey Steps Down As General Manager Of Rockets

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2020

Daryl Morey is leaving his position as general manager of the Houston Rockets. roughly 1 year after he created an worldwide incident with a pro-Hong Kong tweet.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta both backed Morey, the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year, despite Chinese calls for his dismissal and what Silver estimated were financial losses to the NBA of about $400 million.

Morey plans to remain with the team as an advisor but is considering moving on from sports, per the report.

The 48-year-old spent three seasons as senior vice president of operations for the Boston Celtics before being hired as Houston's assistant general manager in April 2006.

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For now, Morey will continue to help the team during their head coaching search although once that is over with, Rafael Stone will become the team's general manager.

The Rockets finished the 2019-20 season with a 44-28 record, earning them the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The tweet led to China pulling the National Basketball Association games off the airwaves and the Communist regime pulling down banners advertising preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.

The team's stars Russell Westbrook and James Harden are under contract for at least two more seasons.

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