Last week, the San Antonio Spurs lost in Game 7 of the their first-round Western conference playoff battle against the Denver Nuggets.
In the final seconds of Game 7, the Spurs decided not to foul despite trailing by four points. The decision marred a playoff series win for the young Nuggets and brought into question the future of head coach Gregg Popovich.
No, no one is suggesting Pop would have been fired following the series.
However, his five-year contract ran out following the Game 7 loss. The 70-year-old head coach could have walked away, but his final game would have been a Game 7 loss where his team looked unprepared.
Instead, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Pop is expected to sign a new contract with the Spurs that ties him to the team for three more seasons.
Sources: Once Gregg Popovich formally commits to his 24th season as San Antonio Spurs coach, he's expected to sign a three-year contract that will keep him as the NBA's highest paid coach. Story on ESPN. https://t.co/ryvdmKoYMg
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 30, 2019
Despite signing a three-year deal, Popovich will reportedly work on a year-to-year basis.
Here’s more from Woj.
A Popovich contract extension has been a foregone conclusion for months, but the deal won’t change the fact that he will continue taking his coaching future on a year-to-year basis, league sources said. Spurs ownership believes he’s entitled to manage his future how he wishes, sources said.
The Spurs head coach sits in third on the all-time wins list behind Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkins.