Morey Doesn't Anticipate Big Move To Trade Asik, Lin
After the Houston Rockets' first round eliminating to the Portland Trail Blazers, Daryl Morey said the Rockets will remain aggressive on the trade and free agency market.
However, Morey does not anticipate a major move that could include Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.
“I don’t expect something bigger like that to happen," Morey said when asked whether the Rockets need to involve Asik and Lin in offseason moves. "I could see where you would look to that if something bigger were to happen, but I don’t anticipate that.
“We’re always aggressive. We’ll always explore aggressive scenarios. But I feel confident if those don’t emerge, we’re not far off. We need to get (the record) into the high 50s if we’re going to be as good as we want to be. We need to improve our defense primarily. We were the youngest team in the league (in the post-season, fourth youngest and second least experienced in the regular season) and improving so an addition or two that are key, I feel confident we can make that step forward that we need to make."
Morey believes the Rockets must elevate their win total to the upper 50s and receive internal development.
“I would always take a third All-Star guy either from one of our guys improving or addition," Morey said. "There’s no negative to adding an All-Star level player. That said, I don’t feel it’s necessary. I do feel it’s my job to explore those things. I think our group playing more together after only a season together plus a lot of young players that can take a step forward and improve, plus we’ve got financial flexibility this year. We’re not limited to minimum player additions."