Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has resigned only a year after earning the ire of China and the NBA for supporting the democracy movement in Hong Kong.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stressed that Morey was not fired. Indeed, insiders say that Morey sought out Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta and asked specifically to begin planning an exit strategy.
It was also reported that Morey, who has been GM since 2007, will stay on in an advisory role as the Rockets complete its search for a new head coach, but after that, he’s out.
The Rockets will likely promote executive vice president of basketball operations Rafael Stone to fill Morey’s position.
“Under Morey, the Rockets have the league’s longest consecutive playoff appearance streak with eight — advancing in the Western Conference playoffs in each of the past four years,” ESPN added.
Morey is not leaving ahead of a contract negotiation, either. He signed