Wednesday afternoon the San Antonio Spurs announced head coach Gregg Popovich agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the team. Per club policy, details were not announced, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports indicates it could range from four to five more seasons.
Gregg Popovich has agreed to a contract extension, Spurs say in release. I had been told he was eager to coach another 4-5 years.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
With 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard only being 22 years old, the Spurs seem to be headed in a new era in the near future with Leonard being directed as the new cornerstone of the franchise. After the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season, and assuming the Spurs come to a contract extension with Leonard, only Tiago Splitter, Kyle Anderson, Boris Diaw, and Patty Mills would be on the Spurs’ pay roll for the 2015-16 season. Tony Parker will be a free agent after next season, and the expectation is Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will play next season, and then decide if retirement is an option after next season.
One thing is for sure, Popovich isn’t thinking about retirement, as he’s likely to start coaching Leonard heading into his prime.