Rockets to assess GM Daryl Morey, interim coach J. B. Bickerstaff after season

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 3:04 AM

B. Bickerstaff below the microscope, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that the Rockets believe every aspect of the organization -- coaching staff, front office and, of course, their roster -- should be subject to a thorough review in the wake of Houston'south slide to a 38-41 outfit that'south at serious risk to miss the playoffs after damaging losses this week to Dallas and Phoenix.

Rockets to assess GM Daryl Morey, interim coach J. B. Bickerstaff after season

The Houston Rockets are planning a comprehensive evaluation of all facets of the organization at the finish of this highly disappointing season that'll keep common manager Daryl Morey and interim coach J. B. Bickerstaff below the microscope, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN that the Rockets believe every aspect of the organization -- coaching staff, front office and, of course, their roster -- should be subject to a thorough review in the wake of Houston'south slide to a 38-41 outfit that'south at serious risk to miss the playoffs after damaging losses this week to Dallas and Phoenix.

Houston won fifty-six games and reached the Western Conference finals last season.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has publicly acknowledged that Bickerstaff -- who replaced Kevin McHale in an interim role just eleven games into this season -- would've to be assessed at season's end.

Significant roster changes are likewise expected, with free agent-to-be Dwight Howard widely anticipated to move elsewhere and tiny certain beyond the Rockets' presumed intention to reload around star guard James Harden.

Sources declare Morey, whose contract runs through the 2017-18 season, ?also faces some uncertainty in the wake of the Rockets' struggles. Morey'south ever-bold approach to roster gathering won deserved honor for bringing Harden (October two thousand twelve) and Howard (July two thousand thirteen) to Houston in fast succession, but team chemistry has been a rising concern this season given the well-chronicled deterioration of the Harden-Howard relationship and the failed offseason gamble on guard Ty Lawson.

"You're asking the incorrect guy about that," Morey told ESPN in a recent interview when asked about his work security. "That'south Mr. Alexander'south choice and all I do is my work every day. He makes that call."

After a 4-seven start, Houston made the stunning decision to portion ways with McHale, who'd barely begun the first year of a new three-year extension.

Bickerstaff has fared better, going 34-34 in his interim role, but Houston'south defensive frailties and repeated inability to keep large leads have conspired to keep the Rockets on par with the Chicago Bulls on the list of this season'south most disappointing teams.

Bickerstaff, for his part, says he'south not yet commenced discussions with management about his job status.

"No, not at all, that's not even a issue [or] a concern," Bickerstaff said of his future prior to the Rockets' loss to the Suns on Thursday night.?

The Rockets have to finish the season with a three-game winning streak to reach .500 and avert their first losing season since going 34-48 in 2005-06. Entering Saturday, Houston is one full game behind No. eight UT and three behind No. 7 Dallas.

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