It did not take long for the first domino to fall this offseason. On Sunday, Mike D’Antoni made his announcement that he will not be returning to coach the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. D’Antoni’s decision came less than a day after the Rockets’ post-season elimination to the Los Angeles Lakers (4-1) on Saturday.
D’Antoni’s contract expired after the two parties failed to come to terms on a long-term last offseason — prior to the start of the 2019-20 season.
As the 2017 Coach of the Year winner, D’Antoni ended his four-year tenure with a 217-102 record. He led the Rockets with the highest winning percentage in the Western Conference during his time as head coach — which included a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2018.
Since the news of D’Anotni’s departure, Tim MacMahon of ESPN announced that Houston has an interest in former Rockets Sam Cassell and Tyronn Lue.
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