Sources: Rockets GM Rafael Stone extended on multiyear deal

ByAdrian Wojnarowski ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Amid a renaissance season, Houston Rockets general manager Rafael Stone signed a multiyear contract extension earlier this year, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta rewarded Stone and his assistant GM Eli Witus with extensions for a series of organizational successes, including the drafting and development of young players such asAlperen Sengun, Jalen Green and Amen Thompson;free agent signings such asFred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks; and the hiring of coach Ime Udoka, sources said.

Udoka's arrival accelerated the development of the roster and led the Rockets to the league's biggest turnaround -- from 22 victories to 41 this season. The Rockets completed a .500 season playing six players 22 years old or younger -- all of whom were starting or contributing last season.

Stone was promoted to GM in 2020 upon Daryl Morey's departure for the Philadelphia 76ers -- with Witus moving up in the front office simultaneously. Almost immediately, Stone was faced with the James Harden trade request and moved him for expiring contracts, three first-round picks and four first-round picks swaps with the Brooklyn Nets.