Says Mike Fisher of dallasbasketball.com:
Rick Carlisle will be the next head coach of the Mavericks, DallasBasketball.com has learned.
“It’s very safe to say it’s going to happen,” a source told us late Friday. “Rick’s the guy.”
Carlisle, 49, coached the Pistons from 2001-03, going 100-64 an earning 2001-02 NBA Coach of the Year honors. In four ensuing seasons with Indiana, Carlisle was 181-147.
More to come throughout the day, including our addressing of some details of the deal and what Carlisle brings to Dallas – strengths, weaknesses, baggage and accomplishments, item-by-item. …