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Daryl Morey Isn't Exactly Thinking This Year At The Deadline

Last night against the 76ers, the Rockets' pitiful defense was torched, leaving a bad taste in everyone's collective mouth. However, before the game, fans were able to lob questions at Rockets GM Daryl Morey as part of social media night. Dave from Clutchfans was on site and was able to document a lot of what happened in the informal chat, which had a few pretty telling quotes: 

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When asked what it is that the Rockets are missing or need, Daryl did not sugarcoat it.

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"We need a center. We need a franchise player," said Morey. "We used to have a franchise center, so he did both, and now we have neither."

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Which is all well and good, and I'm sure Mr. Morey realizes that's not an easy task. Admitting you have the problem is the first step. But what will the Rockets be looking to do at the deadline?

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Morey added that the Rockets are thinking long-term in their conversations about trades.

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"The priority for our deals is definitely how does the player we get fit into a potential championship caliber team," said Morey. "This year is not a big factor in our deals. That doesn't mean we've - it's just second priority. It's much less priority than how do these players fit into a winning plan going forward."

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In other words, look for Morey to call the Kings about 300 times between now and the deadline to inquire if DeMarcus Cousins' availability has changed. Look for the Omer Asik rumors to continue. Don't necessarily think the Rockets are only targeting players that can contribute right now. Things should keep being interesting in the Houston front office as we near the deadline on the 25th.

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