The Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle are on the verge of signing a five-year contract extension deal, according to reports. Carlisle joined the Mavericks in May 2008.
Carlisle is regarded as Mavs’ “Jerry Sloan,” as announced by Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson in April.
Carlisle owns the record as the third longest-serving tenure coach in NBA. Carlisle is now entering the final year of his existing contract.
Carlisle took charge in Dallas Mavericks as head coach in 2008-09 season. In his long stint, he doesn’t have a single losing campaign and made the playoffs in the Western Conference every year. He holds a 338-220 win record, which registers a 60.6 win percentage in the seven seasons at Dallas.
Dallas signed center Wesley Matthews after narrowly missing out DeAndre Jordan this summer. A contract extension with Carlisle is welcome at Mavs as they look forward to a successful playoff campaign this season.
Mavs also lost Tyson Chandler to free agency, a key man of Carlisle’s championship team. The 2001-02 NBA coach of the year knows how to lead this Mavs roster to playoffs once more and has his work cut out. And Carlisle is confident of doing it.