Report: Gregg Popovich plans to coach out five-year contract


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.

Of course, Popovich, 66, has his own aging concerns. He’s had health issues in recent years.

Right now, though, Popovich is motivated. Adding another star will do that.