Mavericks, Carlisle agree on new contract
Posted on May 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM
DALLAS (AP) — The coach who led the Dallas Mavericks to their only NBA championship is staying put.
Rick Carlisle has agreed to a new contract with the Mavericks, a year after winning the title. While terms weren't released, owner Mark Cuban indicated in a statement Tuesday that the new contract is for at least as long as that initial four-year deal.
"We are excited that Rick will be back with the Mavericks for at least the next four years," Cuban said. "He is a proven winner, a great teacher and a coach that will help the Mavericks improve as a team and as an organization."
Carlisle just completed the final season of the four-year contract he got when he replaced Avery Johnson in 2008. Dallas made it to the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season, but was swept in the first round by Oklahoma City.
Carlisle has a 198-114 regular season record in Dallas, and is 479-325 overall (.596 winning percentage) as a head coach. Before joining the Mavericks, Carlisle led Detroit and Indiana to the Eastern Conference finals.
Cuban and Carlisle both repeatedly refused over the last several weeks of the season to discuss the coach's future.
On the day after the Game 4 loss to the Thunder earlier this month, Carlisle would only say that Dallas "has been a great opportunity for me and my family and we love it here." When he attended a Texas Rangers game Sunday, he smiled without saying anything when asked about a new contract.
Now that Carlisle is set to return, the Mavericks have plenty of decisions to make about players to surround 11-time All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who will be 34 next season.
Jason Kidd, their 39-year-old point guard whose 1,315 career regular-season games are more than any other active player, and guards Jason Terry and Delonte West are among six Mavericks players who can become free agents. The Mavericks have team options on four other players, including Vince Carter and Brandan Wright.
The roster could be drastically changed for the second offseason in a row.
There was the NBA lockout last summer that led to a new collective bargaining agreement with different rules that affected how Cuban put together the team. In the process, some big pieces were let go and Dallas became the league's oldest team for a condensed and shortened season.
After its championship, Dallas didn't keep center Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, J.J. Barea or Caron Butler. Chandler went to the New York Knicks and was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.