Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks Reportedly Agree on Contract Extension

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2012

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The Dallas Mavericks and head coach Rick Carlisle have reportedly agreed to a contract extension, according to the Dallas Morning News. The news comes just over a week after his team was swept out of the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.

Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports on the possible contract extension for the Mavericks head coach:

Two Mavericks sources tell the Morning News that coach Rick Carlisle's contract negotiation has been completed. The franchise will announce later today that Carlisle has been retained, although there is no planned press conference. A source tells The News that the new contract is for four years. No others details are available at this time. Carlisle's original four-year contract, which he signed in 2008, was to expire on July 1.

Carlisle helped lead the team to an NBA championship in 2011, and his team’s first-round flop in 2012 apparently did not affect the team’s willingness to re-sign the coach.

What It Means

The Dallas Mavericks obviously think their window of opportunity hasn’t closed yet.

Owner Mark Cuban knows that no coach has gotten more out of star Dirk Nowitzki than Rick Carlisle, and the team wants to continue winning. Re-signing him was an easy choice.

With aging stars all over the roster, the team needed to sign its coach to an extension so it could fully concentrate on the draft and the free-agent frenzy that will be this offseason in Dallas.

What’s Next

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Now that the organization has its clear power structure figured out, it’s time to figure out how to get younger and how to surround Dirk with the stars it takes to win.

With the future of players like Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion up in the air, the Mavericks must utilize free agency and trades to get younger.

If the team wants to win another championship, it must use the excellent recruiting ability of Rick Carlisle to get some star free agents in Dallas. It will be tough, but the Mavericks can win again.

Bleacher Report will have more on the details of this contract as they break.

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