Erik Spoelstra, Heat Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

December 30th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Miami Heat have thrived under Erik Spoelstra's leadership ever since he was hired in 2008, and the team is banking on that trend continuing in the years ahead.  

According to the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman, the Heat confirmed on Friday that Spoelstra's contract was extended over the summer. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on June 28 that the two sides were close to striking a new deal.  

However, terms of the agreement have not been made public. Rather, the Heat merely said Spoelstra's deal runs beyond this season. 

"I would like to thank the Arisons and Pat [Riley] for their continued confidence in me and my staff and are humbled in their trust in me as head coach," Spoelstra said in a statement, per Winderman. "It has been an incredible 22 years being part of the Miami Heat family, and we will look to continue our goal of winning NBA championships."

Once a video coordinator for the Heat, Spoelstra steadily rose up the ranks within the Heat organization. In 1997, Spoelstra was named an assistant coach, and he served in that capacity for 11 sea ...

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