Rockets agree to deal with Stephen Silas to be next head coach: Report

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By 105.3 The Fan

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Houston Rockets are finalizing an agreement with Mavericks assistant coach Stephen Silas to be their next head coach, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

Former longtime coach and Rockets great John Lucas and former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy were also in the running, but team owner Tilman Fertitta elected to go with Silas.

Silas, 47, was a finalist for the Rockets in 2016 before they hired Mike Mike D'Antoni. Silas has worked closely with Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, who has a similar style of play as Rockets guard James Harden.

Silas, the son of former NBA head coach and player Paul Silas, has been an assistant coach or scout since the 1999-2000 season. He became an assistant coach for the Hornets in 2000, for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003 to 2005, when his father coached LeBron James; and later for the Golden State Warriors from 2006 to 2010, when he coached a young Stephen Curry.

Stephen Silas' most recent job with Mavericks came after he spent eight years in Charlotte. With Doncic and head coach Rick Carlisle, Silas as the offensive coordinator helped the Mavericks to the most efficient offense in NBA history.