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Report: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni ends extension talks, plans to complete final season of contract

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has ended contract extension talks with management, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. D’Antoni still plans to coach the Rockets in 2019-20, which is the final year of his contract, and The Athletic’s Sam Amick says the franchise wants him there.

Woj had recently reported that the Rockets were interested in a “performance-based contract extension” for D’Antoni. The two sides clearly couldn’t come to an agreement on anything like that, and assuming D’Antoni will actually stick around, attention will now turn to filling out his coaching staff.

D’Antoni and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have reportedly begun to put a list of names together for a new coaching staff after a string of key firings from the last one, including associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik. It will be interesting to see what kind of staff they can put together with D’Antoni in the final season of his contract, and perhaps under the gun.

This news comes on the heels of a Woj report stating essentially the entire Rockets roster is available at the right price. That likely doesn’t include James Harden, but perhaps key cogs like Chris Paul and Clint Capela will be on the move as Houston looks to shake things up after yet another playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors

The Rockets could be looking very different in the near future, from the head coach on down to the roster.