Jeff Van Gundy, Tyronn Lue Emerge as Leading Candidates to Replace Mike D'Antoni in Houston

By SportsRadio 610

(SportsRadio 610) -- The Rockets are looking at a familiar face to lead them after the Mike D’Antoni era in Houston.

Former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy is among the coaching candidates the team will consider for its vacancy, after D’Antoni informed the team Sunday he would no longer be seeking a new contract.

The Athletic’s Kelly Iko and Sam Amick report Van Gundy and former Cavaliers coach Ty Lue are under consideration. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported over the weekend there is mutual interest with two-time Rockets champion Sam Cassell, currently an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers along with Lue.

D’Antoni led the Rockets over the past four seasons, on his way to becoming the winningest coach in franchise history (227-102). He transitioned James Harden to full-time point guard, coached Eric Gordon to a Sixth Man of the Year award and deployed the team’s “small ball” strategy this season.

Despite the success, the Rockets never made it past the Western Conference Finals, when they were a game away from the final round two seasons ago against the Golden State Warriors. The seven-game series left many wondering what could have been if Chris Paul had not suffered a hamstring injury.

Van Gundy still lives in the Houston area but has not coached since being fired in 2007 after four seasons. The Rockets went 182-146 under Van Gundy.

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