San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is putting the retirement rumors to bed early this offseason by negotiating a new deal with the team.
Although the San Antonio Spurs’ season ended in bitter disappointment after a brain fart that probably caused Gregg Popovich to lose some of the few hairs he has left, it looks like Pop will sign up for another year with the franchise.
There have been some rumors that this may be Pop’s final season coaching in the NBA, and he even admitted that he didn’t know for sure if he would come back for another year.
There was even some buzz surrounding Kansas head coach Bill Self as Pop’s possible replacement if he decided to step down soon.
However, Pop told the media that he is already discussing a new contract with the Spurs just days after a heartbreaking loss in Game Seven against Denver.
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Popovich has been the Spurs’ head coach for the last 23 years, and San Antonio has obviously enjoyed wild success during his tenure making the postseason in 22 straight seasons and winning five NBA championships.
Many Spurs fans are breathing a sigh of relief after learning this news because it’s difficult to imagine watching this team without Pop patrolling the sidelines as he has for over two decades.
San Antonio does have some promising coaches on their staff that could take over for Pop when he decides to call it quits, and the Spurs would automatically be one of the NBA’s most attractive jobs with their impressive record of winning and organizational stability. But it’s great news that the Spurs can kick that can down the road for at least another year.
We don’t know any details about the negotiations just yet.
The Spurs’ front office will probably give the greatest coach in league history anything he wants regarding his salary and the length of his next contract, but we have no idea whether Pop wants a long-term deal or if he wants to play it year-by-year.
Popovich is set to coach the United States Olympic Team next summer in Japan, and many have speculated that he may hang up the clipboard for good after that competition.
The new contract that Pop decides to sign will tell us a lot about what he thinks about his long-term future in San Antonio.
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For now, we can simply be happy that Pop will likely be on the sidelines for the Spurs again next year as they attempt to improve on this season’s performance and build towards the future.