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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has agreed to a five-year contract extension, as relayed by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“This is something we’ve been working on since … early in the year,” team owner Tilman Fertitta said, via Feigen. “I’ve known Daryl for years. We’ve worked well together. You want to keep good people under contract. Both of our goal is to bring another championship to Houston. We don’t like rebuilding. We like to be competitive every year. We’re on the same page. We look forward to being a successful team for many years to come.
“This makes Daryl one of the highest paid general manager in the league, which he rightfully deserves.”
Morey, 46, is a native of Medina, Ohio, and alum of Highland High School. He has been in the Rockets’ front office since 2003 and has been GM since 2007.
“I’m super happy,” Morey said. “I’d love to be with the Rockets for life. This obviously solidifies us for a little while. I’m just really thankful to Tilman Fertitta for having the faith in our team.
“And really, it is about us having a team of people that makes this all work; Coach (Mike) D’Antoni, (vice president) Keith Jones, (vice president) Gersson Rosas, (trainer) Jason Biles, (assistant general manager) Monte McNair, (assistant general manager) Eli Witus, (assistant general manager, Vipers GM) Jimmy Paulis, (general counsel) Rafael Stone.
“We have too many people to mention, but I’m only as good as the people behind me.”
The Rockets finished with the league’s best record last season and are 42-25 this year.