Rockets and Mike D’Antoni talking extension
Despite falling short again in the playoffs this season, the Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni appears not ready to part ways soon.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets and D’Antoni are already discussing a possible contract extension. The 68-year-old coach, who was hired before the 2016-17 NBA season, still has one year left in his four-year deal with the Rockets.
D’Antoni revealed that he has already talked to Rockets team owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey. He informed them that he is ready to coach the Rockets and be part of a championship in the coming years after failing to get past the Golden State Warriors in two consecutive seasons.
The veteran coach is looking for a three-year extension from the Rockets. It is still unclear, though, if the Rockets are willing to give into his demand, or will just offer a short-term extension. After losing to the Warriors, there were strong speculations that D’Antoni will lose his job.
As it turned out, the talks about the possible firing of D’Antoni were just mere speculations. Fertitta expressed confidence that D’Antoni is still the right man for the position. He believes that with D’Antoni at the helm, players will continue playing hard, and free agents would be attracted to join the Rockets.
“I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is,” Fertitta said. “Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”