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Tilman Fertitta Tells CNBC There’s ‘no reason to blow up’ Rockets

Feb 2, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta walks on the court during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center.
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With speculation that the Houston Rockets might rebuild with coach Mike D’antoni and general manager Daryl Morey gone, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stated Tuesday that his stars would stay.

Here is what Fertitta told CNBC, via Jonathan Feigen:

“There is no reason to blow up your roster. This is still our window, the next couple of years. James and Russell are in their early 30s. We’re not blowing up anything. We plan on contending. We’re going to do whatever we had to do to win.”

Last season, the Rockets finished 4th in the Western Conference. They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, but they ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round.

With this result and not much cap room, Tilman Fertitta will be betting on the Harden-Westbrook partnership to strengthen in year 2. However, with an ageing roster and a probable drastic change in their offensive system with D’Antoni out, it will be tough for the Rockets to contend.

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