SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has signed a contract extension to remain at the helm of the team as they enter a new era.
The Story: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported and the Spurs later confirmed that Popovich has signed a five-year contract extension worth $80 million.
- Popovich serves as the team’s president of basketball operations, making it possible for him to complete his contract even if he decides to not coach for the full five years.
- The $80 million deal passes Monty Williams’ six-year, $78.5 million deal he signed earlier this summer with the Detroit Pistons.
Why it matters: With San Antonio entering the Victor Wembanyama era, locking down the winningest coach in NBA history means the Spurs can now put together a team for a future championship run.
- Popovich has a career record of 1,366 wins and 761 losses while being third all-time in playoff victories with 170.
- With Popovich at the helm, he led the Spurs to 22 consecutive trips to the playoffs.
- “It was one of the most — this will sound strange — more enjoyable years. It was fun in a way, not being on TV much and just go to work and you don’t worry about results,” Popovich said after the NBA Draft.