Rockets Notes: D’Antoni, Harden, Paul, Staff Changes

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said talks regarding a contract extension are in an advanced stage, he told Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports. D’Antoni, who has one season left on his four-year, $16MM contract, believes he can go an additional two or three years.

News that the two parties were negotiating an extension came to light last weekend.

“I don’t do it (negotiate). That’s my agent. He takes care of that stuff,” D’Antoni said. “They’ve been discussing it for a long time now. It just hasn’t been a couple weeks. It’s been awhile that they’ve been talking. So they’ll figure it out.”

We have more on the Rockets:

  • D’Antoni was caught off-guard by a report that James Harden and Chris Paul had a verbal altercation in the locker room after the team was eliminated by Golden State, he told Berman. “It was definitely blown out of proportion,” D’Antoni said. “Those are discussions that (happen with) every good team that has a lot of alpha dogs and we do. Those are things that (happen) in the locker room and on the floor, time outs and everybody’s trying to compete and win a championship. That happens all the time. So it was nothing out of the ordinary at all. It kind of took me a little bit by surprise. I was shocked. Just wow, okay, it just didn’t happen.”
  • The Rockets fired player development assistant coach Irv Roland, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. That’s quite significant, since he has been Harden’s trainer since 2016 and also has a tight relationship with Paul, David Aldridge of The Athletic tweets.
  • The organization also mutually parted ways with assistant Roy Rogers, Tim MacMahon of ESPN tweets. Rogers wanted more than a one-year offer, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Assistant Mitch Vanya and video coordinator John Cho were also let go, Feigen adds.
  • Despite the extension talks, the staff shakeup has made some people in the coaching community wonder if the team’s brass is trying to convince D’Antoni to leave, Marc Stein of the New York Times tweets. The Rockets also parted ways with associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik last week.
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9 thoughts on “Rockets Notes: D’Antoni, Harden, Paul, Staff Changes

  1. hiflew

    There is no truth to the rumor that the parting words of Roy Rogers were “Happy trails to you, until we meet again.”

  2. azcrook

    D’Antoni is a very good coach…..yes, Harden is very good….but, the coach comes before him….James quit drinking your bath water, it is a”We” approach

  3. Yep it is

    Firing assistant coaches doesn’t fix the fact you way overpaid an old Chris Paul and now have nothing to spend.

  4. greg1

    I know this isn’t a word that Houston likes, but it may be time to tear down this roster, especially if the Warriors stay together.

    It’s easier said than done, finding a taker for CP3’s contract won’t be easy, but this is a flawed team who I think has already made mistakes this offseason (firing Bzdelik, who guy who pretty much saved their season).

  5. jfive

    You cant spell D’antoni without the “D” but that guy cant coach “D” to save his life

  6. nentwigs

    Although ROY ROGERS preferred his departure from the Rockets to be handled on the SLY, the fact that the team pulled the TRIGGER in releasing the information, leaves ROGERS feeling as though he has taken a BULLET. ROGERS will be relocating to the DALE, beside the TUMBLIN’ TUMBLEWEEDS.

  7. hoosierhysteria

    Cp3 way overpaid. New owner will have to back up his bravado….spend your money cowboy.

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