The Mavericks “quietly” reworked Rick Carlisle‘s contract with the team before the 2018/19 season, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, who reports (via Twitter) that Carlisle received an extension and a raise at that time.
Carlisle had already been on a five-year contract that was projected to run through the 2021/22 season, but the Mavs extended that deal by one year, keeping him under team control through ’22/23, league sources tell Stein. While the amount of Carlisle’s salary increase was undisclosed, Stein notes that Carlisle’s five-year deal had initially been worth $35MM.
The head coach in Dallas since 2008, Carlisle led the franchise to its first-ever NBA championship in 2011 and has compiled a 464-407 regular season record during his time with the Mavericks.
The last few years have been rough for Carlisle and the Mavs, as the team won just 33 games in 2016/17 and 24 last season. Dallas (27-40) will finish below .500 again this year, but things are trending in the right direction with the additions of promising young prospects Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and Mavs management and ownership still has total confidence in Carlisle, as his latest deal indicates.
Carlisle is currently the third-longest-tenured head coach in the NBA, trailing only Gregg Popovich (Spurs) and Erik Spoelstra (Heat).