Unicaja Malaga and head coach Joan Plaza agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep the sides together through the end of the 2017-18 season. Plaza, who just completed his second season on the Unicaja bench, had already agreed to a new deal at the start of last season that ran through 2016. Last season the 52 year-old coach guided Unicaja to the Spanish League semifinals for the second year in a row, the Copa del Rey semifinals and a spot in the Euroleague Top 16. In fact, Unicaja led the Spanish League for much of the regular season and finished just one win away from a ticket to the finals. To date, Plaza has coached Unicaja in 134 games in three competitions, which is fifth-most in club history. He has won 75 of them.
Plaza started his career in youth teams before being promoted to DKV Joventut assistant coach. He moved to Real Madrid to work under legend Bozidar Maljkovic and became the club's head coach before the start of the 2006-07 season. He led Real Madrid to the Spanish League and the Eurocup titles in 2007 and reached the Euroleague playoffs in the 2008-09 season. Next came three seasons at Seville, which he led to the 2011 Eurocup title game and to two Spanish League playoffs appearances. Prior to joining Unicaja, Plaza tried his luck outside Spain and guided Zalgiris Kaunas to a first-place finish in its Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season group, won the Lithuanian League title and reached the VTB League semifinals.