It looks as though Rick Carlisle will be spending a lot more time coaching the Dallas Mavericks.
Carlisle and the Mavs are working on a contract extension that will keep the coach in Dallas through the 2020-21 season, according to a source. The five-year extension is another way of owner Mark Cuban showing just how fond he is of Carlisle, who, along with San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, is generally considered one of the top three coaches in the NBA.
Cuban hired Carlisle, who turns 56 on Tuesday, as head coach in 2008. Popovich is the only head coach who has been with his current team longer than Carlisle has with the Mavs.
In 2011, Carlisle led the Mavs to their only NBA title, winning the championship in six games over a Miami Heat squad that included LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. His ability to make adjustments on the fly has been one of his main calling cards.
In his seven years coaching the Mavs, Carlisle has posted a 338-220 record and four seasons of 50-plus wins.
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