Tue. Oct 27th, 2020

NBA Rumors: D’Antoni a Possible Candidate for 76ers After Leaving Rockets – Sports Illustrated

NBA Rumors: D’Antoni a Possible Candidate for 76ers After Leaving Rockets  Sports Illustrated

Two-time NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni could be considered a possible candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

On Sunday, ESPN reported that D’Antoni informed the franchise’s ownership group that he won’t return to the Rockets next season. 

The Rockets were eliminated from the postseason on Saturday after losing Game 5 to the Lakers, 119-96. D’Antoni and the Rockets discussed an extension last offseason, but were unable to reach an agreement. He is a free agent this offseason.

The 76ers parted ways with Brett Brown in mid-August after the franchise was swept out of the postseason by the Celtics. Brown coached the team for seven seasons after being hired in August 2013. The 76ers are also rumored to have interest in former Cavaliers head coach and current Clippers assistant Ty Lue.

Check out the latest news and notes from around the NBA: 

  • The Rockets are expected to take a strong look at Ty Lue as the team’s head coach. (Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports)
  • Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he expects Gordon Hayward to play during the Eastern Conference finals. (Chris Grenham, Forbes Sports)
  • Former Knicks and Rockets head coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy is expected to be a serious candidate for the Rockets job. (Sam Amick, The Athletic)
  • Rockets center Tyson Chandler, who just completed his 19th NFL season, is open to a possible return next season, but said the opportunity and state of the world will have a lot to do with his decision. (Marc Spears, The Undefeated)
  • Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Bucks ownership to discuss his future on Saturday. (Yahoo Sports, Chris Haynes)
  • There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN)