With their Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in the First Round of the NBA playoffs for a second year in a row. The loss also increased speculation as to longtime head coach Gregg Popovich’s status with the team. But based on the latest reports, it looks like Popovich won’t be going anywhere.
According to the San Antonio Express-News via Bleacher Report, there is “no doubt” that Popovich will return for the 2019-20 season. It has long been suspected that the 2018-19 season might have been his final year with the team.
Popovich’s contract is up though, so the team will need to come to a new agreement with the five-time NBA champion sooner or later. Per the Express-News, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has not yet indicated if the team even has an offer waiting for the 70-year-old NBA legend.
The Spurs have gone two straight seasons under 50 wins for the first time in Popovich’s tenure, and the first time as a franchise since 1993.
However, the team has not failed to make the playoffs since 1997 – Popovich’s first year at the helm.
Popovich’s next appearance on the court will be as coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 2019 FIBA World Cup this summer.
The Spurs would love to have Popovich back, of course, though he’ll ultimately have to make an official decision.