Rick Carlisle is as good an NBA tactician as there is. Look at it this way, in the annual GM survey this year, the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich was voted to make the best in-game adjustments and he got 37.9 percent of the vote, Carlisle was second at 31 percent.
Combine that with the facts he’s won a title and owner Mark Cuban is comfortable with him, and you understand why the Dallas Mavericks want to keep him around. The two sides are negotiating a contract extension for Carlisle, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.
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….
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.”
Expect this deal to get done relatively soon (although they have no timetable and no pressure, Carlisle isn’t looking to move on).
It also means that Carlisle will not be under any “win now” pressure this season with a Mavericks’ roster that could compete for one of the bottom playoff seeds in the West but has a lot of questions to answer. As usual, I expect he’ll get as much out of this roster as any coach could, but that may not be enough in the West.