Malone, Nuggets agree to contract extension

Michael Malone has coached the Nuggets to within one win of the playoffs in each of the last two years.

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the team, according to a report from The Denver Post.

Malone has compiled a 119-127 record in three seasons with the Nuggets, including a 46-36 mark last season. The Nuggets have missed the playoffs by one game in each of the last two years.

“As these conversations have been ongoing, I never let it affect my approach,” Malone told reporters Wednesday morning at the Nuggets’ shootaround. “Whether I have an extension or I don’t have an extension, I’m not going to coach any differently. I only know one way. I’m fully committed, I’m excited to be here, and I want to be here and to have an ownership group and a front office that feels the same way is great. And as I mentioned, humbling is the best word I can come up with. Now it’s OK, taking care of business.”

Malone was entering the final year of his contract this season.

“You’re going into the last year of your contract, it’s never an ideal situation,” he said. “But also at the same time, I never had any doubt that this would get done. My conversations and relationships with Tim (Connelly) and Josh (Kroenke) throughout the summer have been nothing but positive. I never once felt like, ‘Gee, I don’t know If I’m really the guy here.’ All along I felt that something would get done at some point.”