After poor results last season, the Houston Rockets are looking to rebuild their team with NBA rumors stating that they want Dwight Howard out of the team next season and to force him not to pick up the player option worth about $23.28 million in the final year of his contract.
The Rockets are rumored to be tapping head coach Mike D’Antoni, who has had a bad history with Howard when both were with the Los Angeles Lakers years ago.
Other NBA rumors have the Rockets being linked to veteran coaches like Jeff Van Gundy and Frank Vogel but it looks like Houston wants an offensive-minded coach to handle star guard James Harden.
Howard had initially said that he wants to opt out of the contract and sign for a long-term deal with another team. However, at 30 years old, it looks like Howard won’t be getting a deal worth more than $23M per year from any NBA team and staying with the Rockets for a year would be better for him financially.
With the Rockets reportedly closing in on D’Antoni, Houston management appears to be serious in sending the message to Howard that they don’t him back with the team and he’s better off not picking the player option with the Rockets for the 2016-2017 season.
Other coaches that had talked for the Rockets’ head coaching job were Kenny Smith, J.B. Bickerstaff, Chris Finch, Sam Cassell, Stephen Silas, Rex Kalamian, Jeff Bzdelick, David Blatt and Jeff Hornacek.
NBA rumors state that D’Antoni is the favorite for the Rockets’ head coaching job, if Houston makes the hire, Dwight Howard might have no choice but to sign with another NBA team this offseason.
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