The Charlotte Hornets and head coach Steve Clifford have agreed to a multi-year extension, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. According to Bonnell, the extension includes a three-year guarantee that would keep Clifford in Charlotte through the 2018-19 season.
This extension comes after months of rumors regarding Steve Clifford's future with the team. Front offices around the league were ready to grab up Clifford as soon as they could if he was no longer coaching the Hornets, but it looks like they're gonna have to wait awhile to do so, because at this point it's pretty clear his seat is no way hot.
Clifford is currently in his third year with the Hornets. After reaching the playoffs in his first season, Clifford and the Hornets missed the playoffs last season. However, Clifford has helped lead a revamped roster to an 8-6 record, which has them in eighth place in a more competitive Eastern Conference.
This is a great move by the Hornets. Clifford is highly regarded by the players, and has shown improvements as a head coach since he was hired in 2013. Entering perhaps his most challenging season, Clifford has done a good job of utilizing the new and returning players on the roster, turning what was one of the worst offensives in the league last season to one of the stronger ones. This is reminiscent to how he turned Charlottes into a top 10 defense his first season with the team. While a lot of work still has to be done for the Hornets to reach the playoffs, Clifford has them moving in the right direction.