Rockets owner Fertitta: ‘We’re not blowing up anything’

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta says the core of the roster will remain intact.

There’s no need to blow up the Houston Rockets’ roster despite another second-round playoff exit, team owner Tillman Fertitta told CNBC, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

“You have James Harden and Russell Westbrook and you have almost 90 percent of your salaries tied up in them and Eric Gordon,” Fertitta told CNBC. “But anytime you have players like Eric, P.J. (Tucker), James and Russell, there’s no reason to blow up your roster.”

The Rockets have undergone quite a it of change already. Mike D’Antoni stepped down as coach after four years after the season, and Daryl Morey recently did the same as the team’s general manager. Rafael Stone immediately replaced Morey, though the Rockets are still deciding on a new coach.

But Fertitta suggested only minor tweaking is coming to the roster itself.

“This is still our window, the next couple years. James and Russell are in their early 30s. We’re not blowing up anything,” Fertitta said. “We plan on contending. I always said you want to set yourself up to be one of the top four teams in your conference each year and then it takes a little luck to win. You look at every year it always takes a little luck.

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