D’Antoni has sights on three extra years minimal

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Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

The Houston Rockets and coach Mike D’Antoni have had preliminary discussions on the framework of a contract extension that will maintain the two-time NBA Coach of the 12 months from coming into the ultimate 12 months of his deal.

“I’ve let (GM) Daryl (Morey) and (proprietor) Tilman (Fertitta) know that I am energized to maintain teaching — and imagine that I can proceed to do that at a high-level for no less than one other three years,” D’Antoni, 68, informed ESPN on Sunday night time.

“I need be a part of a championship right here.”

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It’s unclear how vital of a dedication that the Rockets are prepared to make to D’Antoni, who informed ESPN that he prefers to keep away from coming into the ultimate 12 months of his contract in 2019-20 with out an extension. D’Antoni is coming into the ultimate 12 months of his authentic four-year contract. He is paid within the $4M annual vary, which is lower than many of the league’s elite coaches are making within the market.

Fertitta referred to as the Rockets loss within the Western Convention semifinals to the Golden State Warriors, “unacceptable.” Prime assistant Jeff Bzdelik — who was talked out of retirement in November to deal with the group’s protection — was knowledgeable by administration on Sunday that he would not provided a brand new contract. The Rockets protection excelled underneath Bzdelik. Extra adjustments could possibly be made to D’Antoni’s workers, league sources mentioned.

D’Antoni has averaged 58 victories a 12 months in his three seasons with the Rockets, together with 4 playoff collection victories and a visit to Recreation 7 of the 2018 Western Convention Finals. The Golden State Warriors eradicated the Rockets previously two seasons, together with a six-game victory within the convention semifinals this month.

“He is not a lame duck to me.” Fertitta informed the Houston Chronicle final week. “That is only a media time period. We’re extra involved with making our group higher subsequent 12 months. Mike will probably be right here. I like Mike. I feel he is an excellent coach. Gamers like enjoying for him.

“I maintain being informed, free brokers wish to know who the proprietor is they usually wish to know who the coach is,” Fertitta mentioned. “Mike and I do properly collectively. Hopefully, we’ll proceed to win and Mike will probably be right here for a very long time.”

 

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