Popovich expected to sign new deal with Spurs, ESPN reports

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich is expected to sign a three-year extension to remain as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

Popovich's upcoming extension will make him the highest-paid coach in the National Basketball Association, per Wojnarowski.

A Popovich contract extension has been a foregone conclusion for months, but the deal won't change the fact that he will continue to take his coaching future year to year, league sources said.

Popovich spoke to the media on Monday, and vowed to see reporters next year, jokingly saying he's weighing his future with three potential choices: Portofino, Positano (both notable culinary cities in Italy), and the Spurs. His five-year contract ended with the Spurs' Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Marc Stein of The New York Times profiled the long-time bench boss, writing that franchise general manager R.C. Buford was willing to let him coach as long as he wanted to.

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Popovich just wrapped up his 23rd season as Spurs head coach.

This year, with the drama surrounding Kawhi Leonard behind the franchise, Popovich leaned on traditional stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan proving that mid-range-centric players can still contribute to a victor in this league.

Wojnarowski adds that he will coach the Americans in September's World Cup in China and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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