The Miami Heat is closing in on a multi-year contract extension with the two-time champion coach Erik Spoelstra. The head coach’s current deal expires at the end of 2016-17 season.
Both ends had long-standing plans of finalizing an agreement on extension prior to the beginning of the free agency on Friday. The Heat expect to “work something out soon” with Spoelstra, according to Adrian Wojnarowsky of the Vertical.
Spoelstra took over from Pat Riley as head coach of Miami in 2008-09. Prior to that, he served as Pat Riley’s assistant for eleven seasons. With the trio comprising of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat clinched back to back NBA titles under him in 2012 and 2013.
Spoelstra has served the longest tenure as head coach in Eastern Conference and is second to San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich in the NBA.
Miami Heat has nine players in their roster who are set to hit the free agency market including Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade and Luol Dong. Miami owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley want to confirm an extension with their head coach, assuring that one of the most elite coaches of the league doesn’t reach free agency.
Spoelstra is also set to wed his long-term fiancee Nikki Sapp later this summer, apart from being at the verge of signing a contract extension with Heat. The heat coach announced his engagement with Sapp last year.
The Heat coach has 399-241 (.623) regular-season and 70-43 (.619) playoff record under his belt. The franchise bowed out to Toronto Raptors in the East semifinals this season under him.