Report: Miami Heat nearing contract extension with Erik Spoelstra

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Pat Riley has his protegé’s back — Erik Spoelstra is not going to be a lame duck coach.

He was entering the final year of his contract, but management is working out an extension for Spoelstra, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Miami Heat are progressing on completion of a multiyear contract extension for two-time championship coach Erik Spoelstra, league sources told The Vertical.

Owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley have been eager to secure Spoelstra beyond the final year of his contract in 2016-17, assuring that one of the league’s elite coaches never reaches the free-agent market.

Stunning stat of the night: Spoelstra has been the Heat coach for eight years, making him the second longest tenured coach in the NBA (behind only Gregg Popovich).

This is a smart move by the Heat; Spoelstra is a smart, quality coach who gets the most out of his players. Miami was 48-34 last season with a roster that was challenged by injuries — such as losing Chris Bosh after the All-Star break — and yet made the second round of the playoffs (where they went seven games against Toronto). There are few better in the league than Spoelstra and the Heat should take care of him.