The deal will bring McHale to the Rockets for three seasons guaranteed, with a team option for the fourth year. McHale last served as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, going 39-55 as a coach in two seasons in Minneapolis.
The Rockets became sold on McHale because they believe he will be a good communicator with their young players. Front office officials also believe McHale has a hunger to succeed as a coach in his post-Hall of Fame playing career. (via Yahoo! Sports)
McHale scored 17,335 points and totaled 7,122 rebounds and a career field goal percentage of .554. McHale is the Celtics' third leading scorer all-time and averaged a franchise best 1.7 blocks per game in his career. In addition, McHale had 2,358 career offensive rebounds, which ranks second all-time in franchise history.