The San Antonio Spurs are one step closer to losing Becky Hammon. Monday morning, Shams Charania and Sam Amick broke the news at The Athletic that Hammon is a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers' head coaching position.
As they revealed, it's the first time in NBA history that a woman has advanced to the final stages of a head coaching search. Among the other candidates interviewed was Spurs VP of Basketball Operations Brent Barry.
Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antonio, and Dawn Staley have also been interviewed, with Charania stating more than one of the group are expected finalists for the position as well.
Head coaching positions have been opening up left and right in the NBA recently, leading to what should be an interesting offseason full of big changes. Becky Hammon's name has been in the mix with several teams looking for a new head coach, including the Orlando Magic, who The Athletic says interviewed her for the gig last week.
It's still unknown if Gregg Popovich will be retiring from the NBA after coaching Team USA at the 2021 Olympic Games, but Hammon is widely thought to be his successor if he does (which I would fully support).
As news continues to break about Hammon's inevitable head coaching hire, we'll have the latest here at Air Alamo.