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

Mavs extend contract of Johnson

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks have extended the contract
of head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday. It’s a reported five-year extension,
which will average at least $4 million per season.

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.

“I’m thrilled that Avery will be coaching the Mavs for years to come,”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “He is a great partner and person that makes
us a better organization. Plus, he is a great coach too. I couldn’t be happier
for Avery and his family.”

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).