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Report: Mavericks in ‘Advanced Contract Extension’ Talks with Rick Carlisle

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According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are in “advanced contract extension talks” with coach Rick Carlisle. According to Stein,

Sources told ESPN.com that Carlisle and the Mavericks are nearing an agreement on a five-year extension that will extend Carlisle’s stay in Dallas well beyond a decade.

Carlisle left his role as an ESPN analyst to join the Mavericks in May 2008 and, after successful coaching stints in both Detroit and Indiana, now ranks as one of just 11 figures in league history to win it all as both a coach and player thanks to Dallas’ title in 2011.

Carlisle is one of the NBA’s most prestigious coaches, and one of just five active coaches who has led his team to a title. According to his profile on Basketball-Reference.com, he has a career record of 619 wins against 431 losses.

In his tenure with the Mavericks, Carlisle has compiled a 338-220 record. And, most importantly, he skippered the Mavericks to their first and only NBA Championship in 2011.

However, his success with the team should not be reduced to mere wins and losses. He’s a genius with lineups and rotations getting different groupings to work together.

The report is not a great shock as Stein had previously reported:

The coming season is the last on Carlisle’s second four-year contract with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. But the Mavs’ desire to keep him in place with another long-term deal has been an open secret around the league, with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson memorably announcing in April that he and Mavs owner Mark Cuban regard Carlisle as “our Jerry Sloan.”

Clearly this is more of a “when and how much” type of negotiation that “whether” the deal gets done.

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