According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets have ended potential contract extension talks.
Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has ended talks with management on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. D’Antoni plans to complete the final season of his deal in 2019-20. Story soon on ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2019
D’Antoni has the best coaching record of any head coach in franchise history with a .703 mark after three 50+ win seasons in Houston.
MDA and the Rockets were discussing a potential extension after the season as the 68 year-old said he was interested in coaching for “a few more years.”
However, within the past two weeks, the Rockets have parted with most of D’Antoni’s staff from last season, including top assistants Jeff Bdzelik and Roy Rogers.
With just one year left on his contract and D’Antoni ending potential extension discussions, it looks like this could be the beginning of the end for the MDA era in Houston.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said D'Antoni was offered a $5 million one-year extension with an additional $1 million per round he won. The base salary is a slight raise, but under the current market of recent veteran coaches (Stotts, Casey, etc.)— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 30, 2019