HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets announced Monday they are parting ways with head coach Stephen Silas after deciding not to exercise the team option on his contract for the 2023-24 season.
“I think we thought it was time for a new voice,” said GM Rafael Stone. “Nothing to do with Stephen and more about exiting one stage and entering another and what is the optimal way to go forward.”
Silas arrived in Houston beginning with the 2020-21 season and inherited a team that did not include players like James Harden or Russell Westbrook as he had anticipated upon taking the Rockets.
A rebuild was put in place and Silas’ teams finished 59-177 during his three seasons at the helm.
Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone addressed the media on Monday afternoon inside of Toyota Center. Among the topics was the decision to dismiss Silas and what the path forward looks like as they begin a search for a new head coach.