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Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports confirms, the Houston Rockets have elected not to retain head coach Rick Adelman, whose contract expired at the end of this season. Further, Wojnarowski says Houston will consider hiring the Orlando Magic's Stan Van Gundy should he become available.
Van Gundy signed a contract extension through the 2012/12 season last summer. He initially joined the Magic prior to the 2007/08 campaign when Billy Donovan, the team's initial hire, asked the team to release him from his obligation so he could return to the University of Florida.
Under Van Gundy, the Magic have appeared in an NBA Finals and two Eastern Conference Finals. They also captured three Southeast Division championships. His career regular-season record with Orlando stands at 222-106 (.677).
However, as Wojnarowski says, Van Gundy could become a coaching free agent this summer if the team elects to clean house: "If Magic are scapegoating, who knows what they'll do?"
The Rockets decided to let Adelman go after four seasons in which injuries to Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming robbed him of star power. Nevertheless, he built elite, motion-based offenses around a cast of roleplayers and finished with a plus-.500 record in each campaign.
To be clear, there's no indication Orlando will fire Van Gundy.