Kevin McHale will return as the Houston Rockets head coach next season, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle. 

The Rockets were 54-28 this season with playoff appearances the previous two seasons. McHale's contract was up, but according to the report management believes in McHale and wants him to have more time with the "relatively new team that spent the season ba

ttling injuries." 

Houston exited the playoffs Friday night after the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard buzzer-beater 3-pointer put an end to the series, which went six games.