Saturday , May , 10 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Rick Carlisle Reaches Verbal Agreement with Dallas Mavericks

Rick Carlisle will be the new coach of the Dallas Mavericks, a decision expected for nearly a week but slowed by contract negotiations.

The papers aren’t signed yet, but team owner Mark Cuban confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Friday night that a verbal deal is in place.

The contract "will be signed tomorrow (Saturday)," with a news conference Wednesday because Cuban will be out of town until then. [Sports Illustrated]