Leslie Alexander Rumors

Sources say former Rockets owner Les Alexander, who had led the decision to hire D’Antoni back in June of 2016, was working on granting a patient D’Antoni his wishes. But two weeks later, the team had been sold for a record $2.2 billion to Tilman Fertitta. Fertitta, the billionaire businessman from nearby Galveston, who has always taken pride in being ruthless in his dealings, pushed back on the notion of picking up the option that early after D’Antoni asked again to have his extension picked up, sources say. D’Antoni had no idea that Alexander was selling the team, and it blindsided nearly everyone within the organization. This issue about D’Antoni’s option would not go away anytime soon.
Alexander, who earlier this year sold the Rockets for $2.2 billion to Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta, confirmed this week that he remains in possession at his home in Florida of the two Larry O’Brien Trophies he accepted for the team’s back-to-back NBA titles in 1993-94 and 1994-95. “They’re here in a corner at my house,” he said during a brief phone conversation. “I haven’t decided how to set them up yet.”