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Head Coach Mike D’Antoni Set to Move on From Houston Rockets

Mike D’Antoni will not be returning to the Houston Rockets.

After failing to come to terms on an extension prior to the start of the season, D’Antoni’s future with the club has been up in the air for quite some time now. On Sunday, before the organization could make the ultimate decision, D’Antoni informed ownership that he has chosen to move on.

“It’s with tremendous sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we’ll be moving to a new chapter,” D’Antoni told ESPN.

In four season with the Rockets, D’Antoni led Houston to a 217-102 record, the second highest winning percentage in the entire league and the highest in the Western Conference (.682) over that span. Under D’Antoni, the Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals once, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in their three other postseason appearances.

“Mike is a true professional and an amazing basketball mind,” team owner Tilman Fertitta said. “He is a winner, and we have been blessed to have had such an outstanding coach and leader to work with the past four seasons.”

The Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers are expected to be two potential suitors for D’Antoni this offseason.

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