Mike D'Antoni Informs Rockets He Won't Return As Head Coach

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Team owner Tilman Fertitta issued a statement thanking D'Antoni and his wife for the contributions to the Rockets and the Houston community. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news and D'Antoni later released a statement confirming he is leaving Houston. He expressed his plans to move on to the Rockets' front office after being bounced out of the Western Conference finals in five games by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mike D'Antoni's contract is set to expire.

"Mike is a true professional and an fantastic basketball mind", Fertitta said. "He is a victor, and we have been blessed to have such an outstanding coach and leader to work with the past four seasons".

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If the Rockets do not bring D'Antoni back, there is talk the team will "strongly consider" Jeff Van Gundy. There are also reports that the Indiana Pacers are interested in hiring him.

But the Rockets fell in the conference semi-finals for the third time in his tenure, having reached the conference finals just once in that span, in 2018. D'Antoni said after the Game 5 series-ending loss to the Lakers that he hopes to return.

Former Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni is one of the hottest names on a short list of coaching candidates who could land in Philadelphia following the firing of Brett Brown at the end of the Sixers' 2020 playoff run. He said he wants to keep coaching, but "we'll see" if remaining in Houston was in the cards. "Mike has done some unbelievable things here".

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