Carlisle returns for second stint as Pacers coach


Every week after resigning from the Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle has agreed to a four-year deal to return to the Indiana Pacers as head coach, he informed ESPN.

The deal is price $29 million plus incentives, sources stated.

The Pacers introduced Carlisle’s hiring on Thursday afternoon however didn’t disclose phrases of his contract.

Carlisle spent 13 seasons in Dallas, turning into the franchise’s winningest coach with a 555-478 report and main the Mavs to the franchise’s solely championship in 2010-11. His resignation got here a day after the franchise parted ways with longtime president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, however Carlisle stated the front-office adjustments in Dallas had nothing to do along with his resolution.

“You by no means need to get to a degree the place you ever really feel such as you’re overstaying your welcome, and I simply felt like that is the fitting time,” Carlisle stated Thursday. “I simply have such nice respect for [Mavs owner Mark Cuban] and everybody there, and I am lucky to maneuver on to a different nice alternative.”

Cuban has stated that he plans to rent a brand new head of basketball operations earlier than discovering Carlisle’s substitute. Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki has returned to the franchise as a special adviser to help Cuban in these searches.

Sources informed ESPN on Thursday night that the Mavericks are finalizing a deal to make Corridor of Fame level guard Jason Kidd the franchise’s new head coach.

Cuban can also be near hiring longtime Nike govt Nico Harrison to a front-office management place, sources stated. The Mavs are optimistic that vice chairman of basketball operations Michael Finley will stay with the franchise and work alongside Harrison, sources stated.

Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, who has a very sturdy relationship with celebrity guard Luka Doncic, was additionally anticipated to be among the many teaching candidates thought of in Dallas’ search.

Carlisle on Thursday supplied a robust endorsement of Kidd, whom Carlisle coached for 4 seasons in Dallas, highlighted by the Mavs’ championship run.

“My hope is that Jason Kidd would be the subsequent coach of the Mavs as a result of he and Luka have so many issues in widespread as gamers,” Carlisle stated. “I simply suppose that it might be an important scenario for Luka, and I feel it might be an incredible scenario for Jason. I am the one particular person on the planet that is coached each of these guys and that is aware of about all of their particular qualities as basketball gamers. To me, that simply could be an important marriage, however that is simply an opinion.”

Carlisle beforehand coached the Pacers for 4 seasons (2003-04 to 2006-07), compiling a 181-147 report and making the playoffs thrice, together with an Jap Convention finals look in 2003-04. He additionally was a prime assistant beneath Larry Hen for 3 seasons (1997-98 to 1999-2000).

In his return to Indiana, Carlisle will exchange Nate Bjorkgren, who was fired after one season because the Pacers’ head coach. Indiana went 34-38 final season, when the staff had a number of key accidents and Bjorkgren clashed with core gamers. The Pacers have been eradicated within the play-in match, snapping the franchise’s streak of 5 consecutive playoff appearances. Carlisle cited his belief in staff proprietor Herb Simon as a cause the Indiana job was engaging to him.

“It is an thrilling scenario as a result of there’s upside right here,” stated Carlisle, 61, who has a profession report of 836-689, rating fifteenth in profession wins. “Getting again wholesome goes to be an enormous a part of that.

“[General manager Kevin Pritchard] and I’ve talked extensively in regards to the roster. I like their roster. It is a staff of expert, unselfish guys that play arduous. It is at all times potential that strikes could possibly be made earlier than the season, however I feel Kevin and I are each very enthusiastic about getting the roster wholesome and seeing what this staff will be.”

Within the assertion asserting Carlisle’s hiring, Pritchard stated Carlisle is “a confirmed winner with a championship and might be a Corridor of Fame coach.

“He has demonstrated all through his profession a capability to construct one thing with sustainable success. He has nice respect for our franchise and our followers from his earlier instances right here. We’re very completely happy to welcome him again to Indiana,” Pritchard stated.

The Mavs, in the meantime, haven’t superior previous the primary spherical since profitable the title a decade in the past, having undergone a rebuilding course of throughout that span. They have been eradicated the previous two seasons by the LA Clippers, dropping in seven video games this yr after profitable the primary two video games of the collection on the street.

Within the wake of the Mavs’ elimination, Cuban informed ESPN that he wouldn’t think about a training change this offseason.

“Except you may have somebody you understand is far, a lot, significantly better, the grass isn’t greener on the opposite aspect,” Cuban stated then.

Nonetheless, sources stated that simmering stress between Carlisle and Doncic, the 22-year-old two-time first-team All-NBA choice, had change into a priority inside the group. Carlisle stated he reached the conclusion that his departure from Dallas could be “mutually useful.”

“I simply despatched [Doncic] a message thanking him for 3 wonderful years,” Carlisle stated Thursday. “I realized many issues from him, and I informed him that I am glad I am solely going to see him twice a yr. I imply it in probably the most complimentary manner, in fact.

“I feel he is the very best younger participant on the planet. I feel these three years arrange as a significant springboard for the subsequent 10 for him. I count on him to be an NBA champion. I count on him to be a a number of MVP winner. I simply have an incredible degree of respect for his talents and his grasp of the sport. He is really a once-in-the-generation kind participant.”

The Mavericks is not going to ask the Pacers for compensation regardless of Carlisle resigning with two years remaining on his contract, sources stated. Cuban didn’t need to complicate Carlisle’s seek for a brand new teaching alternative.

“He’s a trusted good friend and a basketball soulmate,” Carlisle stated of Cuban. “You often come throughout people who change your life, and he modified my life, and he modified my household’s lives. It’s totally tough to give you a easy assertion to thank any person for the 13 years that I’ve had with him.

“I simply have an incredible quantity of gratitude to town of Dallas, the Mavericks group, all of the gamers and coaches that I’ve had a chance to work with. Dirk, J-Kidd, [Jason Terry], Luka, Tyson [Chandler], Shawn Marion, J.J. Barea — there’s simply so many. It might be very emotional to simply attempt to categorical all the emotions that I’ve about it.”