Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni will not be returning to the team.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, D’Antoni informed ownership on Sunday that he will become a coaching free agent and that his time with the Rockets is over.
D’Antoni’s contract was up at the end of the season, which ended Saturday night in a Game 5 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The 69-year-old head coach had declined contract extension offers prior to the season.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who recently fired head coach Brett Brown, are expected to be among group of teams to make a strong pursuit of D’Antoni.
D’Antoni was an assistant under Brown in Philadelphia prior to accepting the Rockets job.
In four years with the Rockets, D’Antoni had a 217-102 record – the highest winning percentage in the Western Conference during that time. He reached the Western Conference Finals once and semifinals three teams in that span as well, but often failed to get past the Golden State Warriors.
His 28 playoff victories with the Rockets is also the fourth-most in the last four years, trailing the Warriors (46), Boston Celtics (33) and Toronto Raptors (31).