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Jerry Sloan signs extension as evergreen coach of the Utah Jazz

Sloan, who turns 69 next month, reached an agreement in principle with the Jazz earlier in the season and signed the contract in early 2011, according to a report on the league's website (www.nba.com).

"I've already signed a contract for next year," he told reporters after a shootaround at Arco Arena in preparation for Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings. "That's been since, maybe, around the first of the year. I don't remember what the date was on it. I never pay any attention to it. They offered it to me and I signed it."

There have been 245 coaching changes in the NBA, including interim hires, since he Sloan succeeded Frank Layden as Jazz coach in December 1988.

Sloan has a 1,220-802 record, giving him the third most coaching wins ever in the league and making him the only coach to register 1,000 wins with one team.

The Jazz are 30-22 this season, seventh best in the Western Conference and four games out of the Northwest division lead.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)