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Mike Woodson Agrees To Long-Term Deal With Knicks

The New York Knicks announced a long-term extension for Mike Woodson, thereby removing the interim tag he was given after replacing Mike D'Antoni midseason.

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Knicks Sign Mike Woodson To Multi-Year Contract Extension

Days after reports that Mike Woodson would indeed stay on as the head coach for the New York Knicks, the team announced on Friday that Woodson would return as head coach for the 2012-13 season and beyond, having signed a multi-year contract extension.

The Knicks had been rumored to be pursuing big-name coaches, in search of an advantage to turn their talented core into an elite Eastern Conference team, but those whispers had died down in the last week.

And Woodson's stewardship of the team after the firing of Mike D'Antoni likely helped his candidacy: the Knicks closed the regular season by winning 18 of 24 games, then topped the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals for the franchise's first playoff win since 2001, despite losing Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis to horrific injuries in the series.

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Knicks To Sign Mike Woodson To Contract Extension, According To Report

Mike Woodson has been operating as the interim head coach for the New York Knicks since Mike D'Antoni resigned fairly early in the NBA season. After a bit of a behind-the-scenes kerfuffle, it sounds as though Woodson will be able to drop the "interim" tag thanks to a long-term extension.

The team was expected to go after a high-profile head coach, but Newsday is reporting that the team has instead decided to bring Woodson back for the 2012-13 season.

The Knicks officially are expected to remove the interim label from Mike Woodson's title this week, according to multiple sources. The two sides are working on a long-term deal, the sources said, and something could be done within the next couple of days.

If the Knicks were interested in re-signing Woodson, it would seem this week was the time to make a decision. The Charlotte Bobcats job has been open for awhile and, after the Orlando Magic fired Stan Van Gundy on Monday, the coaching searches are all about to heat up.

For more on Woodson and the New York Knicks, visit SB Nation's Knicks blog Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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