Considered one of the best young coaches in the NBA, Erik Spoelstra has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports.
According to ESPN.com:
“Spoelstra and the Heat finalized a multiyear contract extension Sunday, two days before the two-time defending NBA champions start training camp.
Spoelstra, who is the longest-tenured coach in the Eastern Conference as he starts his sixth season with the Heat, was entering the final year of his current contract he signed in 2011. Spoelstra was expected to get a significant raise on his scheduled base salary of $3 million, and his new deal may come with a role in the team’s front office.”
Spoelstra has helped the Heat win two straight championships, coaching up a unique system of “position-less” basketball and a defense predicated on help and movement.
The move comes after the Heat officially announced a series of front office moves and promotions. The Heat are tying up all loose ends and hoping to keep everyone who has contributed the organization’s recent success in house. Of course the most important person to that is LeBron James. But I promised I wouldn’t write about that.
Spoelstra joined the Heat as an assistant in 1997 and was promoted to head coach in 2008 after Pat Riley moved from the sidelines to the front office for the final time. He is 260-134 (.660 winning percentage) and 50-29 (.633) in the playoffs as a head coach.