‣ Rick Carlisle has agreed on a multi-year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers.
‣ Carlisle recorded his 897th career win as the Pacers’ coach.
‣ The Indiana Pacers hold 22nd-ranked odds to win the 2024 championship.
ESPN Sources: Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle has agreed on a multi-year contract extension. Carlisle — who’s nearing his 900th NBA victory — returned to the Pacers as head coach in 2021 and now will continue to lead franchise’s rebuild on a new deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
The Indiana Pacers have reached a contract extension agreement with head coach Rick Carlisle, according to sources. With the recent win against the Washington Wizards, Carlisle notched his 897th career win. He previously served as an assistant coach for the Pacers from 1997 to 2000 before beginning his head coaching career with the Detroit Pistons.
During his time with the Pistons, Carlisle led the team to two consecutive 50-32 records, Central Division titles, and playoff appearances. His success earned him the Coach of the Year award in 2002. However, he was later replaced by Larry Brown after the 2002-03 season.
Carlisle’s coaching journey continued with the Indiana Pacers from 2003 to 2007 before he announced his resignation. In June 2021, he returned to the Pacers as their head coach. Prior to his return, Carlisle spent 13 seasons coaching the Dallas Mavericks, where he achieved a franchise-record 555 wins and won the 2011 NBA championship.
As he takes on his second stint with the Pacers, Carlisle remains dedicated to rebuilding the team around All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton. He works alongside president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan to navigate Indiana’s path back to the playoffs.
Throughout his coaching career, Carlisle has amassed a total record of 897-793 in the regular season and 63-70 in the playoffs. Notably, he is one of only 11 former players to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.
The contract extension signifies the Pacers’ confidence in Carlisle’s ability to lead the team moving forward. His guidance and leadership have proven invaluable to the players and staff. With Carlisle at the helm, the Pacers aim to turn the tide and make a successful return to the playoffs in the upcoming seasons.