Stephen Silas Rumors
Who’s to say what Silas knew about the discord inside the organization he was about to join? Mike D’Antoni chose to leave, and Morey was out too — that much was obvious. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta preferred Jeff Van Gundy for coach, sources say, while Harden and Westbrook wanted Tyronn Lue. Silas was to be the brokered compromise, but both star players chose to try to push their way out after he was hired anyway.
The Jump: Reaction to Rockets hiring Stephen Silas as head coach? “He’s a good dude. He wants to change the dynamic of things. He can do a lot. He’s up for the challenge. He wants everyone as mentally focused and locked in” – @Robert Covington #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #OneMission pic.twitter.com/kAmAqIncSl
The Houston Rockets are believed to have a limited trade market for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook either wants to be traded or significant changes to the way the Rockets operate. “I’ve got bad news for him on both of those fronts,” said Brian Windhorst on Sports Center. “New coach Stephen Silas has said he does not intend to change the offense very much. I’ve surveyed a significant part of the league today and I don’t think there’s a lot of interest in Russell Westbrook trades out there. Not because they don’t think he’s not much of a player, but because of his contract.”
Mark Berman: Guard @AustinRivers25, who’s declining his player option with the #Rockets and exploring free agency, likes the hire of new head coach Stephen Silas: “Listen, I love Mike (D’Antoni). Once Mike left then that’s over with. Then they bring in a guy that I think everybody likes…” “…That’s a good thing. He’s been around the game. Obviously, he’s a whole different person than I am, just like everyone’s different, but his background, he’s cut from a similar cloth like what I am. That’s pretty cool. The most important thing, he’s a guy who knows the game of basketball and he’s been around it his whole life. He’s gonna do a good job. I think that’s what most people are drawn to and excited for.”