The Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander announced Wednesday that general manager Daryl Morey, who had one year remaining on his contract, has signed a four-year contract extension with the team. Morey will now be under contract with Houston through the 2021-22 season.
“Daryl has consistently proven to be one of the top minds and innovators in our league,” owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to continue to work with Daryl towards our pursuit of winning another championship for the Rockets, the City of Houston, and our fans all over the world.”
Morey, who recently completed his 11th full season with the Rockets and his 10th as the team’s head of basketball operations, will no doubt have a lot on his table this offseason, having already gone through several trade rumors and the NBA Draft approaching.
Daryl Morey officially assumed his current position in May of 2007, a year after he originally joined the organization as assistant general manager in April of 2006. He’s certainly grown to become one of the more adept general managers of the day.
Speaking of being busy, according to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are trying to offer James Harden another contract extension this offseason just as they had done last summer. He still has the $32 million option for the 2019-20 season.
“That is the plan,” a source told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.
Even with nine of their top 10 players from last season under contract for the upcoming season, the Rockets will be under the salary cap and could turn down options on players like Nenê and Troy Williams, putting them millions under the spending limit. With that, the Rockets could try to land another big role player.