Mike D’Antoni says he won’t return to Rockets next season

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni yells from the bench during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is informing the franchise’s ownership today that he’s becoming a free agent and won’t return to the team next season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

D’Antoni, whose contract expired with the end of the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday, turned down extension offers prior to the season.

D’Antoni will be considered among a group of candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers coaching opening, sources told Wojnarowski. D’Antoni was an assistant for several months under Brett Brown before accepting the Rockets job four years ago.

D’Antoni coached the Rockets to a 217-101 record in 318 games over four seasons. He has a career coaching record of 672-527 over 19 seasons.

The Rockets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs after Saturday’s 119-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the team’s second round series.

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