The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are reportedly reopening talks of a contract extension, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Sources: The Rockets have rekindled extension discussions with coach Mike D'Antoni and are nearing an agreement. Houston owner Tilman Fertitta has removed the buyout language that was the sticking point when talks previously broke down.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 8, 2019
D’Antoni’s current contract runs through the 2019-2020 season, and last month reports surfaced that the 68-year-old and Houston had ceased talks on extending his tenure past next year. Even though D’Antoni has coached the Rockets to three straight playoffs appearances, they have yet to become Western Conference finals champions.
Following Houston’s 2-4 defeat against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals this year, the front office cleaned house and fired several assistant coaches, a video coordinator and the team’s player development coach.
D’Antoni avoided those shakeups, and it appears he could find himself coaching the Rockets for the foreseeable future.
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