Will Spoelstra Get Contract Extension?
But what we have here is a coach (Miami’s Erik Spoelstra) who guided his team to the NBA Finals not only coming back in the final year of his contract, but, for the second time in his brief four-year tenure in the position, seemingly working in the midst of a pay cut.
But consider the overall landscape at the top of the East.
No sooner did Doc Rivers’ Boston Celticsfall to the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals then he received a five-year extension. Tom Thudodeau’s Chicago Bullsthen fell to the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, with Thibodeau nonetheless operating under a contract that has one full year and one team option year to run, and no reported team-imposed lockout pay reduction. And no sooner did the Heat complete their overhaul in July 2010 by signing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Orlando Magiccoach Stan Van Gundyreceived a two-year extension that carries him through 2012-13.
While salary security does not equate to job security, nor should it, it would seem that the first order of post-lockout business for the Heat would be resetting Spoelstra’s contract clock, particularly when his prime conference coaching rivals no longer find themselves on the clock.