Mike D’Antoni’s contract extension no longer a priority
With the Houston Rockets recently pulling the trigger on a trade deal centered around Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, the team’s front office has made it abundantly clear how they intend to move forward in the next couple of years. However, their future plans in the coaching department does not seem to be as clear cut, with reports now emerging that the extension to head coach Mike D’Antoni’s expiring deal is no longer a priority at the moment.
Sam Amick of the Athletic reports that following a drastic turn of events for the organization, both the Rockets and D’Antoni’s camp do not appear to be too enthusiastic about putting pen to paper on a potential extension deal for the 68-year-old shot-caller.
As for D’Antoni and his well-chronicled contract dispute with the Rockets, a source with knowledge of his situation said the extension he has been seeking beyond this final season on his deal is no longer a priority at the moment. He’s more focused, it seems, on making the most of this dynamic challenge.
Even before this trade went down, rumors pertaining to D’Antoni’s long-term future with the squad were already coming to the surface. This new development appears to be a mutual decision from both parties, who seem intent on taking a wait-and-see approach at this point.
Nonetheless, D’Antoni is one of the NBA’s most prominent offensive masterminds and if there’s anybody who could figure out how to best use James Harden and Westbrook together, then it would have to be him.