Wednesday , Apr , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs, Johnson close to new deal

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks and head coach
Avery Johnson are apparently closing in on a deal that could keep him in the
Lone Star State for the next four years.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the two sides have agreed in principle
and a deal could be announced within days.

“We got everything we wanted,” Johnson told the paper. “We agree on the major
points. And we hope to have something in writing by the end of the week.”

The new contract has three years guaranteed, with the fourth guaranteed as
long as certain goals, such as an NBA Finals appearance or reaching the
Western Conference Finals twice, are met. He is expected to be paid the
average salary for an NBA coach, roughly $2.5 million.

Also, according to the report, Johnson’s representatives stated that the coach
has received a bonus for the rest of this season. Depending on how far the
Mavs go in the playoffs, his $1.1 million salary could double.

Johnson, who retired as a player in training camp, was named Dallas’ eighth
head coach in franchise history back on March 19 following the sudden
resignation of Don Nelson, whom he had served as an assistant.

Following Tuesday’s 114-105 win over the Orlando Magic, the Mavericks are 8-2
since Johnson’s promotion and 50-24 for the season, good enough for fourth
place in the Western Conference.