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’ Clint Capela Out with Concussion
Capela took a charge late in the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when he collided with Clippers’ JaMychel Green and seemed to have hit his head.
Capela was evaluated for a concussion following the collision.
Rockets’ Gerald Green to Undergo Foot Surgery
Houston Rockets’s swingman Gerald Green will undergo surgery on his broken left foot on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
Green met with several specialists to evaluate his options but ultimately opted to undergo surgery.
Green suffered the injury during the Rockets’ second preseason game in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and there is no specific timetable for his return to the court following surgery.
Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers
The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.
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