Gregg Popovich said he makes too much money to retire.
Now, he has too much talent to retire.
The Spurs coach, who reportedly makes $11 million per season, adds LaMarcus Aldridge to the Kawhi Leonard-based core that will carry San Antonio past the Tim Duncan/Tony Parker/Manu Ginobili era. So, Popovich plans to stick around for Aldridge’s entire four year contract, which will also cover most of Leonard’s extension.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Popovich had long maintained he’d retire when Duncan does – and maybe he will. Duncan will return next season, and if he has the desire to train and willingness to take a shrinking role, he could play a few more seasons.
But few stars accept those terms, so Popovich will most likely outlast Duncan.
Right now, though, Popovich is motivated. Adding another star will do that.