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Rockets GM Daryl Morey clarifies Mike D’Antoni’s contract extension offer

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wants to clarify the contract extension offer the franchise made to head coach Mike D’Antoni.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets’ offer to D’Antoni for the 2020-21 season would never have paid him less than the $5 million base salary owner Tilman Fertitta had described to the media last week.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey clarified Monday that the team’s offer to coach Mike D’Antoni for the 2020-21 season would never have paid him less than the $5 million base salary Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta had described last week.

Morey had previously confirmed a Houston Chronicle report on Friday that D’Antoni would be paid $2.5 million if the team failed to make the playoffs or if he was fired during that season. D’Antoni’s agent Warren LeGarie said the coach would not get the full $5 million if that were the case. However, the $2.5 million would only be if the Rockets did not bring him back for the 2020-21 season.

D’Antoni rejected the extension offer and will coach the 2019-20 season in the final year his contract. The Rockets, though, want to keep D’Antoni past next season.

Houston lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in six games. It was the second straight postseason the team got eliminated by the Warriors.