Rockets hire Stephen Silas as new head coach

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Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Rockets were reportedly sold on Silas’ offensive ingenuity, his pedigree with Rick Carlisle, Steve Clifford and his father, Paul Silas, Wojnarowski notes.

This will be the first head coaching job for Silas, as he has spent 20 seasons as an NBA assistant with multiple teams including the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Mavericks.

Silas, 46, has coached some talented guards including Kemba Walker, Steph Curry and most recently, Luka Doncic and he will now have the opportunity to coach the James Harden and Russell Westbrook duo.

The Rockets moved “increasingly toward” Silas over the weekend and in the days since, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

Silas had a Zoom call with many Rockets players on October 27, which was an important last step to feel as if all were on board with the decision.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now the only NBA team with a head coaching vacancy.