Rockets Notes: Lucas, Van Gundy, Harden, More

Although new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone opted for Stephen Silas over John Lucas as the team’s new head coach, Stone has been Lucas’ “biggest backer” within the organization in recent years, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. Stone was a driving force in bringing Lucas back to coaching in 2016, when Houston hired him as its director of player development, says Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets and Silas are working hard to keep Lucas on the team’s staff and to install him in a more prominent role, tweets Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston. A source tells Feigen that, as of Tuesday, the two sides were in “extensive talks” on a deal that would keep Lucas in Houston as a member of Silas’ staff. While no deal is in place yet, there’s optimism one could get done on Wednesday, Feigen notes.

Here’s more on the Rockets:

  • Sources tell Marc Berman of The New York Post that Jeff Van Gundy “sent mixed vibes” regarding his interest in the Rockets’ job after interviewing with the team. Berman speculates that Van Gundy may have had concerns about the James Harden/Russell Westbrook fit or that he was just comfortable with his role as an analyst for ABC and ESPN.
  • According to Berman, some Rockets players were pulling for Lucas to get the team’s head coaching job. Marc Stein, meanwhile, says Harden’s top two endorsements for Lucas and Tyronn Lue. Rival teams are wondering if Harden is at all perturbed by the club’s eventual hire and whether the Rockets will become open to trading their superstar guard, Stein adds. Based on other recent reports, it sounds like that’s not an option Houston will consider this offseason.
  • In a pair of stories for The Athletic, Kelly Iko and John Hollinger evaluated a series of hypothetical trades involving the Rockets.
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4 thoughts on “Rockets Notes: Lucas, Van Gundy, Harden, More

  1. Little_Dunker_45

    So Van Gundy might not have taken the job because of HarBrook, or because he’s comfortable being an analyst. Glad we got a clear answer on that. Thanks New York Post! This is the hard hit reporting we ask for!

  2. mlbnyyfan

    JVG was never leaving the TV booth. He’s enjoying the stress free life and getting so many frequent flyer miles

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      And he was never a serious candidate anyway, JVG never got the Rockets past the first round and never won more than 52 games as their head coach. Silas is a vastly superior hire.

  3. AshamedMethGoat

    JVG is wise for not wanting to walk into that mess, with the ill-conceived roster and cash-poor owner probably the primary reasons.

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