San Antonio Spurs and Gregg Popovich agree to contract extension
By Andrew Ites
The San Antonio Spurs and Gregg Popovich have reportedly agreed to a contract extension that will hopefully keep him around for the next three years.
The future of Gregg Popovich’s coaching career has been a cloud that has been hanging over the San Antonio Spurs all year long.
Pop was entering the final year of his contract this season, and there was no guarantee that he would continue coaching the Spurs after this year’s playoff run.
Many NBA pundits connected the dots that Popovich could choose to retire after coaching the United States team in the 2020 Olympics.
With that uncertainty about San Antonio’s coaching situation, rumors started to swirl about Kansas head coach Bill Self possibly taking over if Pop decided to retire.
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Fortunately, we won’t have to worry about who will replace Gregg Popovich in the immediate future as Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Pop and the Spurs have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will make him the highest-paid coach in the NBA.
When Pop said that he was in negotiations with San Antonio’s front office, I mentioned that the greatest coach in NBA history could essentially write the contract himself and it looks like that was the case with this extension.
However, Spurs fans can’t be completely comfortable that Pop will remain on the sidelines through the 2021-22 season because Woj writes that “the deal won’t change the fact that he will continue taking his coaching future on a year-to-year basis” according to Woj’s league sources which are normally very reliable.
Woj also mentioned that “Spurs ownership believes he’s entitled to manage his future how he wishes,” and it’s difficult to argue that considering Pop’s infallible record and his continued commitment to the organization.
Popovich currently sits in third place on the both the lists of the NBA’s all-time regular season wins list and postseason wins list, and he will continue to climb the leaderboards during the duration of this new contract.
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While we will still be on a year-to-year plan of hoping Pop returns to the sidelines, signing a three-year contract shows that he doesn’t have any immediate plans to retire and Spurs fans should be jumping for joy with this news.