Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks Agree to 4-Year Contract

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMay 15, 2012

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Before the Dallas Mavericks head into the most anticipated summer in franchise history, they had to take care of some necessary business first. After weeks of anxiety, they finally got it done.

According to ESPN Dallas, Rick Carlisle signed a new four-year contract to stay the Mavericks head coach until the 2016-17 season.

"We are excited that Rick will be back with the Mavericks for at least the next four years," said Dallas owner Mark Cuban in a statement. "He is a proven winner, a great teacher, and a coach that will help the Mavericks improve as a team and as an organization."

Mavs.com beat writer Earl K. Snead first broke the news on Twitter.

Mavs officially announced today they have re-signed coach Rick Carlisle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) https://twitter.com/EKS_MavsNBA/status/202471552292364289" data-datetime="2012-05-15T18:52:34+00:00">May 15, 2012

One season after leading Dallas to their first NBA championship in franchise history, Carlisle guided the Mavericks to the team's 12th straight playoff appearance in the lockout-shortened season, but the Mavericks were swept in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There was much curiosity as to why Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson took longer than expected to bring Carlisle back for the eventual new era in Dallas. He'll now get to come back with not only Dirk Nowitzki in the fold, but possibly a brand new team as well.

This brand new team that Carlisle will lead will hopefully be headlined by All-Star point guard Deron Williams as the Mavericks look to lure the Dallas native back to his hometown.

Since coming on as Dallas head coach in 2008, Carlisle has posted a record of 198-114 with a playoff appearance in each season, and has compiled 479 wins in his 10-year coaching career that included stints with Indiana and Detroit.