Rockets’ Daryl Morey talks The Tiger King, a potential lost year, more

Houston Rockets Daryl Morey (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Condensed schedule

With the NBA being on hiatus, there’s no way of knowing when the league will resume. We’ve even heard reports of NBA commissioner Adam Silver being pessimistic about an NBA return, while also being hopeful for a completed season by Labor Day.

No matter how you slice it, we’ve already missed a month of action, and Silver stated that we won’t have an answer for the next month. This means we will have at least lost out on two months, and that’s assuming the league resumes in May, which Silver has also stated ism’t a sure thing.

When you add that up, the calendar year will surely be impacted, as there’s no way to make up for lost time without speeding up the offseason activities. Morey spoke on that as well:

Our goal is to come out of this stronger. We think time is going to be compressed so we’re having to do all our prep that you would do between the end of the season and the draft and even after that, all compressed into one window.

Hopefully we come up with stuff that improves things on the floor after. We’re working all angles, that’s pretty much all we’ve got to do so I hope we come up with something.

This could prove to be challenging for the Rockets as it pertains to free agency, as they often make signings deep into the offseason. For example, last off-season, the Rockets signed Ben McLemore, Thabo Sefolosha, Anthony Bennett, and Ryan Anderson all in the latter part of September, which was roughly three months into free agency.

The good news for the Rockets is that they don’t have any first or second round draft picks in the upcoming draft, so they won’t necessarily be consumed with the draft, unless they make a trade and land a pick. But a compressed schedule could definitely affect the decision of Mike D’Antoni and P.J. Tucker‘s contract status.

Fortunately for Rockets’ fans, Morey said his team has already been doing some of that prep now.

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