The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are in talks regarding a new contract with D’Antoni willing to stay with the franchise “for at least another three years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since D’Antoni joined the Rockets back in 2016, he has posted a 173-73 record but has lost back-to-back years in the playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.
“I’ve let [general manager] Daryl [Morey] and [team owner] Tilman [Fertitta] know that I’m energized to keep coaching—and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old two-time Coach of the Year told Wojnarowski. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”
“Mike will be the coach next year” Rockets owner Rilman Fertitta said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“He’s not a lame duck to me. That’s just a media term. That’s just a media buzzword. … We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”
Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala
According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.
In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.
The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.
Rockets’ Eric Gordon Discusses Trade Rumors
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon has had quite the offseason, with constant rumors swirling that he is likely to be traded as the Rockets look to revamp their roster.
However, despite the rumors, Gordon says he knows his value to the team, and isn’t concerned about the rumors.
“I’m not really worried about that because I know what I am to this team,” Gordon said, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“When your name is in a lot of trades that means a lot of teams want you and they’re asking about you. But this team knows what I do and what I bring to the table.”
Gordon added that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has kept his agent informed regarding trades, and letting him know if any rumors had merit.
“I always knew what status I was in,” Gordon said. “At the end of the day, I just have to continue to play. I’m looking forward to what we’re going to do next year.”
Heat, Rockets Meeting with Jimmy Butler
It appears as though Philadelphia 76ers superstar Jimmy Butler will be a busy man once free agency officially kicks off on Sunday.
While Butler has been heavily linked to the Rockets, via a sign and trade deal, there is growing belief that Butler is favoring a move to South Beach to play for the Heat.
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