Thursday , Oct , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Mavs, Johnson agree to new deal

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks and head coach
Avery Johnson have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract extension, which
will average at least $4 million per season on Thursday.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the extension will replace Johnson’s
current deal that paid him $2.5 million in 2005-06, his first full campaign
leading the Mavericks.

Owner Mark Cuban and Johnson began talking about a new contract after losing
to Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals. The new deal keeps Johnson in the Lone
Star State through the 2010-2011 season.

Johnson took over for Don Nelson with 18 games remaining in the 2004-2005
season and the team finished 16-2. The Mavericks reached the second round of
the playoffs that year before falling to Phoenix.

“The Little General”, who guided the Mavs to a franchise-best 60-22 record and
their first NBA Finals appearance last season, is the fastest coach to reach
the 50-win plateau (62 games).