Sources – Mike D’Antoni told Houston Rockets that he will not return as coach

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is suing the franchise on Sunday that he is becoming a free agent and will not return to the Rockets next season, sources tell ESPN.

D’Antoni, the contract that ended with Houston’s season ending in the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday, turned down an extension offer before the season.

He said the Philadelphia 76ers will be considered among a group of candidates to open the coaching, sources tell ESPN.

D’Antoni was 217-102 in his four seasons as coach of the Rockets, advancing to the Western Conference Finals once and the Conference Semifinals three times. D’Antoni, a two-time NBA coach of the year, led the Rockets to the highest winning percentage in the last four years (.682), surpassing only the Toronto Raptors (.695) in the entire league.

Only the Golden State Warriors (46), Boston Celtics (33), and Raptors (31) have more playoff wins than the Rockets (28) in D’Antoni’s four-year run in Houston.


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