Report: Rockets will evaluate Daryl Morey, J.B. Bickerstaff
The Houston Rockets will evaluate the performance of general manager Daryl Morey and interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff following the season, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Calvin Watkins report.
The Rockets are 38–41 entering Saturday and are in danger of missing the playoffs in what has been a disappointing season for the team on all accounts. Houston won 56 games last season and made the confrence finals. The team will reportedly conduct a “comprehensive” internal evaluation of both general manager and coach, the latter of whom replaced Kevin McHale as head coach just 11 games into the season.
Center Dwight Howard can opt out of his contract and become a free agent, and the Rockets are in position to reshuffle around James Harden. ESPN reports that Morey, who has been the general manager since 2007, will be looked at following the team’s struggles.
Bickerstaff has gone 34–34 as interim coach, his first head job, and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has said in the past that the coaching job will be evaluated.
Entering Saturday, the Rockets trail the eighth-seeded Jazz by a game and seven-seed Dallas by three.