The Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal with Stephen Silas to become the team’s next head coach, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Silas previously was an assistant coach under Rick Carlisle with the Dallas Mavericks for the past two seasons. Prior to joining Dallas, the 47-year-old coach had spent his previous nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets. His 20-year NBA coaching career also includes stops with the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards (as an advanced scout).
Silas spent five seasons as an assistant under his father, Paul Silas, from 2000-03 with the Hornets and from 2003-05 with the Cavaliers. The elder Silas is the 49th winningest coach in NBA history.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic reacted to the news on social media, writing that the promotion is “well deserved” for Silas.
The Rockets parted ways with coach Mike D’Antoni after the playoffs, and general manager Daryl Morey is leaving for Philadelphia. With former Kia MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the roster, Silas will face major expectations in his first head coaching role.