Mike D'Antoni will tell Rockets he won't be back next season

  • Mike D'Antoni will tell Rockets he won't be back next season

Mike D'Antoni will tell Rockets he won't be back next season

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has informed the franchise that he's becoming a coaching free agent and won't return to the team next season, he told ESPN on Sunday. "Our time here was among the most memorable experiences of our lives".

According to Woj, D'Antoni is also a candidate for the head coaching job in Philadelphia and he "turned down extension offers prior to the season" made to his by the Rockets. 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 is a true professional and an fantastic basketball mind. We wish Mike and Laurel nothing but success and happiness in their next chapter".

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

This season, he piloted the team to a 44-28 record.

If the Rockets do not bring D'Antoni back, there is talk the team will "strongly consider" Jeff Van Gundy.

D'Antoni owns a 672-527 (.560) record in 16 seasons as a head coach with the Denver Nuggets (1998-99), Phoenix Suns (2003-08), New York Knicks (2008-12), Lakers (2012-14) and Rockets. He has not coached in the National Basketball Association since then but has been active as an analyst for ESPN.