According to a press release sent out by the Denver Nuggets, the team has agreed to a multi-year extension with George Karl.
The team has been working on an extension with Karl all season long, but with the MeloDrama and the direction of the squad in doubt the two couldn’t work out a deal until now.
Karl said via the press release:
“I’ve always said Denver is the place I want to end my career. This puts me one step closer to achieving that goal. Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke were very professional throughout these negotiations. The Kroenkes have been great throughout this entire process. They’ve been very supportive of me as a coach and during my battle with cancer. I’m excited for the remainder of the season and look forward to making another playoff run.”
Ken Berger of CBSSports reports that the extension is for three years and could last up to six years (there is a team option for the fourth, fifth and sixth years).
Berger also reports that Karl, who is 59, is more energized after the trade, and was having a hard time coaching the Nuggets due to Carmelo Anthony’s not wanting to be part of the squad.
Also for those worried about Karl’s health, he received another clean bill of health, which had to be addressed before the extension was signed.