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D'Antoni breaks off contract talks with Rockets

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has ended talks with management about a contract extension.

"We could not come to terms on an extension," D'Antoni told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I have my contract still. I'm looking forward to the year and having a great season."

D'Antoni plans to complete the final season of his deal in 2019-20, which could become a pathway to his own free agency the next year.

D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, informed Rockets general manager Daryl Morey of the coach's decision on Thursday afternoon, sources said.

There had been conversations constructed around the Rockets' idea of a performance-based extension, but those never gained traction with D'Antoni's camp, sources said.