Kevin McHale and the Houston Rockets have agreed on a three-year contract to coach the team, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.
The report said the deal is contingent upon management's approval of McHale's coaching staff.
McHale had been working for Turner Sports as a studio and game analyst. He apparently has been chosen by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey from a trio of candidates that included assistants Lawrence Frank of Boston and Dwane Casey of Dallas.
Most of McHale's background is as a personnel man. However, he had two coaching stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, going 19-12 to finish the 2004-05 season and 20-43 to end the 2008-09 campaign.
McHale also hired Casey to replace him as Timberwolves coach in 2005.
The Rockets had been looking for a replacement for Rick Adelman, who was let go despite four straight winning seasons, including a 43-39 mark this season with an injury-riddled squad.