Morey says Rockets ‘definitely a buyer’ by trade deadline

Daryl Morey says the Rockets will "definitely" be a buyer at the NBA's Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Daryl Morey’s reputation as an NBA general manager always willing to make a deal isn’t likely to change before the league’s trade deadline of Feb. 7.

Just ask the man, himself.

“We’re definitely a buyer,” Morey said, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. “I think we’ve been trying to win the title for a while, and we had a couple years before we got James [Harden] where we probably didn’t have as much of a chance to win, where we were probably a little more future-focused.

“But since James has been here we’ve been buyers at the deadline and hopefully, something comes along that we think can help our chances to win the title. We’ve had a few years where we don’t, so we don’t force it, but we’re going to be looking for something to hopefully, upgrade the team.”

The Rockets, fresh off a wildly entertaining 134-133 overtime victory at Golden State on Thursday night have gotten off the canvas after an awful start to climb to fourth in the Western Conference standings entering play Friday night.

Houston, which is still playing without All-Star point guard Chris Paul because of strained left hamstring, has been linked to the likes of J.R. Smith, Kent Bazemore, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Ariza for weeks, now.