Rockets, D’Antoni nearing agreement on contract extension

Coach Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets have had several discussions on a contract extension.

The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni has re-opened talks on a possible contract extension, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

D’Antoni and the Rockets admittedly had some discussions a little more than a week ago, but according to Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, D’Antoni and agent Warren LeGarie walked away.

Now, according to MacMahon, the sides are nearing an agreement.

“Fertitta and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey visited D’Antoni at his offseason home in West Virginia this week to smooth over any hard feelings,” MacMahon reported. “LeGarie was not part of those discussions and told ESPN that a deal still needs to be worked out through him.”

LeGarie was adamant about that final point.

“Did Mike speak to those guys down there? Yes, he did,” LeGarie told MaMahon. “As always, they asked Mike what he thought, and Mike said, ‘Sounds great, but talk to Warren.’ Mike’s job is coaching, and he leaves the negotiating to me.”

The Rockets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. Morey has suggested that some changes may be coming to the roster.