After 13 years as coach of the Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle reached an agreement to lead the NBA’s Indiana Pacers again for four seasons, US media reported on Thursday.
Carlisle, 61, resigned a week ago as coach of the Mavericks, a franchise he led to the only ring in its history in 2011 with a roster led by Dirk Nowitzki.
After falling for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs, Carlisle resigned from his two-year contract with Dallas amid reports of mounting tension in his relationships with the team’s star, young Luka Doncic.
This Thursday, the ESPN network reported that Carlisle promised to lead the Indiana Pacers for the next four seasons in exchange for at least $ 29 million.
“It’s a team of skilled, selfless guys who play hard,” Carlisle himself told ESPN. “You can always make moves before the season, but I think (GM Kevin Pritchard) and I are very excited to get the squad healthy and see what this team can be.”
Carlisle had previously been an assistant to the Pacers (1997-2000) under Larry Bird and the team’s head coach from 2003 to 2007, before moving to the Mavericks bench in 2008.
In Indiana, he will now replace Nate Bjorkgren, who was only one season in the franchise in which he did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
The team led by All-Star power forward Domantas Sabonis suffered the injuries of key players such as Myles Turner or Malcolm Brogdon.
With the selection of Carlisle by the Pacers and Ime Udoka by the Boston Celtics, there are four other franchises in search of a coach: Pelicans, Wizards, Magic and Blazers. (AFP)