While we all await news on Josh Smith it looks like Daryl Morey had more pressing needs as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports Kevin McHale has been signed to a 3-year extension.
Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has agreed to a three-year contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 24, 2014
I wonder if this is to offset any concern McHale may have over malcontent Smith being added to the roster. I’m kidding, but you never know how situations like this can effect the inner circle.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 24, 2014
Initial reports have the deal being in the $13 million range and a term of 3-years. McHale entered the final year of his original 4-year contract this season.
Over the course of McHale’s tenure he has accumlated a 153-104 record and has the Rockets sitting in second in the Southwest Division with a 20-7 record and fourth in the Western Conference. During his four seasons the Rockets have reached the playoffs twice losing in 2012-13 to Oklahoma City in 6-games and last season to Portland in 6-games as well.
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With the team improving from last season in areas they earmarked for growth (defense where they currently rank second with 97.5 points per 100 possessions) and with players now returning healthy, McHale has things running smoothly.
Looking ahead, McHale’s roster may have a big change coming in a couple hours if reports prove accurate that Josh Smith will sign with Houston and join their starting line-up. This ostensibly could give the coach a myriad of options and increased depth specifically in the front court.
Let us know what you think of the extension and term?