Report: Popovich expected to sign three-year deal with Spurs

NBA.com Global on May 01, 2019 07:06 AM
Report: Popovich expected to sign three-year deal with Spurs
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 12: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 12, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The San Antonio Spurs have yet to officially sign coach Gregg Popovich to a new contract. When that does take place, though, he will remain the NBA's highest-paid coach.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, once Popovich formally commits to return for season No. 24 in San Antonio, he is expected to sign a three-year deal with the team. Popovich made it clear on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that he and the team were negotiating a contract -- news that was a marked change for a coach and team that both value privacy regarding transactions.

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Additionally, Wojnarowski reports the deal Popovich signs won't change the fact he will continue to take his coaching future on a season-to-season basis. The team's ownership believes that Popovich is entitled to manage his future how he wishes.

Popovich's last contract, a five-year deal, ran out with the Spurs' Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, Wojnarowski reports.

Popovich has 1,245 wins, third-most in NBA history behind Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens, and is one of five coaches to win five NBA championships. He will coach USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in China this summer, and will coach the Americans in the Tokyo Olympics next summer should the team qualify.

The Spurs have reached the playoffs the last 22 seasons, a streak that ties for the longest in NBA history.

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