The San Antonio Spurs spent the 2018 offseason searching for trade options for former Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard after the relationship between player and organization deteriorated. Eventually, the team found a landing spot for Kawhi – the Toronto Raptors.
In return, the Spurs received DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a future draft pick. As if that trade and those new faces weren’t enough turnover for Gregg Popovich and company, Manu Ginobili announced his retirement and Tony Parker signed a deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
The mainstays of the Spurs franchise were gone – all except head coach Gregg Popovich. Pop turns 70-years-old in just under two weeks and leads a Spurs team that owns the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference race.
After a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, Popovich was asked about his coaching future. Pop put it bluntly and honestly, “I don’t know the answer.”
Marc Stein of the New York Times broke down Pop’s legacy and what’s next for the head coach.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 17, 2019
Popovich continues to climb up the all-time wins list for head coaches, recently passing Pat Riley. The five-time NBA champion might not know when his days as the head coach of the Spurs will come, but general manager R.C. Buford doesn’t seem concerned.
“He’ll coach as long as he wants to coach,” Buford said. The Spurs shouldn’t be in any hurry to find a replacement for Popovich, though he and Buford have talked about what the future will look like for the organization.