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Report: Mike D’Antoni won’t return as Rockets head coach

D’Antoni will leave Houston after four seasons with his contract expiring after this year.

Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets reacts to James Harden of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 04, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Mike D’Antoni informed the Houston Rockets that he will not return as head coach of the team after four seasons, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday. D’Antoni’s contract will be up once the season calendar flips and he has opted to not renew his contract with Houston. He could have asked for a new deal with the Rockets but it seems he’ll seek a new opportunity.

Here’s a statement from the D’Antoni’s.

D’Antoni had been the head coach of the Rockets for the past four seasons, making the postseason in every campaign. Unfortunately the closest the Rockets got to the NBA Finals was in 2017-18, when Houston advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets lost that series in seven games to the Golden State Warriors after Chris Paul was injured. D’Antoni had been offered a contract extension but turned it down.

As for the next stop for D’Antoni, Woj is already reporting that the head coach is being considered as a replacement for Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers. Along with the Sixers, the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans are all in need of a new head coach.

Call me a homer, but out of all those jobs available for D’Antoni, Chicago seems like the most appealing. The only issue is D’Antoni likely wants a position on a team ready to compete in the playoffs. The Bulls aren’t too far off and D’Antoni could be the guy to get them over the edge. Chicago has a plethora of young talent and has plenty of promising shooters in Zach LaVine, Coby White and Lauri Markkanen.

Don’t look now Rockets fans, but you may not want to see this. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting Tyronn Lue will be considered for their head coaching vacancy. Lue is currently a Clippers assistant and had been reported as being hired by the 76ers for their HC position a few weeks back.