New beginnings should be the title for the Rockets offseason so far. Following their loss against the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals this season, several things are changing for the franchise.
First, Coach Mike D'Antoni and the organization decided to part ways after four seasons together. Now, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Daryl Morey has decided to step down as Houston's General Manager.
ESPN Sources: Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down. https://t.co/NTmplVtWcl— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2020
'Woj' also stated that Morey will remain in an advisory role for a short period to assist in the Rockets' completion of their head-coaching search.
Morey has been the Rockets' general manager since the 2007-08 season. The team has the league's second-best regular-season record over his 13 years as general manager. He also has led the Rockets to the league's longest consecutive playoff appearance streak with eight, advancing in the Western Conference playoffs in each of the past four years.
With his departure, Houston is planning to promote Executive VP of Basketball Operations Rafael Stone to GM. Stone, who played a huge role in the team's building process, will become the 10th current Black executive to hold the general manager title in the NBA.
Wojnarowksi confirmed that Houston is also promoting Eli Witus to assistant general manager.