D’Antoni gets three-year, $15M deal from Rockets
Newly hired Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni signed a three-year contract in the $15 million range with a team option for a fourth season. In the past two years, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has distributed significant money to coaches. In December 2014, Alexander gave Kevin Mchale a three-year fully guaranteed contract extension worth $12 million. That season, McHale led the No. 2-seeded Rockets to the West finals after winning 56 games. But McHale was fired just 11 games into this past season. It was stunning because McHale admitted he couldn’t get the players to respond to him and because of the money owed on his contract. Alexander has hired other high-profile coaches in the past, including Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Adelman and McHale.