Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has finalized a five-year, $35 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The deal will take Carlisle through the 2021-22 season, and it’ll make him the highest-paid head coach who doesn’t also have an executive role.
Carlisle has been the coach of the Mavericks since the 2008-09 season, making him one of the longest-tenured headmasters in the NBA. Only San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been coaching his team longer. Miami Heat head man Erik Spoelstra has also been coaching the Heat since the 2008-09 season.
Carlisle has only missed the postseason once in Dallas. That occurred in the 2012-13 season, when the Mavericks went 41-41. Two years prior to that, Carlisle and the Mavericks won the NBA title when they beat Spoelstra and the Heat in six games.
Carlisle began his NBA head coaching career in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons. He spent two seasons with the Pistons, going 50-32 and reaching the playoffs in both years. However, conflict with team ownership led to him getting fired.
Carlisle moved on to the Indiana Pacers, where he spent four seasons. He went to the playoffs three out of four years in Indiana, but he was done there after the team missed the playoffs in 2006-07.
Carlisle owns a head coaching record of 620-432 in the regular season. His postseason record is 57-58. In addition to his one NBA title, he’s been to two other conference finals.