DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has one season remaining on his four-year contract worth $17.5 million.
Coming off winning the franchise's first NBA title in six games against the star-laden Miami Heat, Carlisle and the Mavs have not begun discussions on an extension. Shortly after the Finals, owner Mark Cuban and Carlisle declined to discuss his contract status.
On Thursday, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Carlisle has nothing to worry about it.
"I don't think this is the time or place for that," said Nelson while at the American Airlines Center on Thursday to introduce former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl as his top candidate to coach his D-League Texas Legends. "But, I will say that Rick is, obviously in our mind, a long-term fix here. So, when that time comes we'll sit down and certainly talk about it."
During the NBA lockout, teams are permitted to have discussions and negotiations with coaching staff and members of the front office.
After Avery Johnson led the Mavs to the 2006 NBA Finals, he was rewarded with a five-year, $20 million contract, but was fired after just two seasons into the deal.