Popovich discusses Spurs future, hints at contract negotiations

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich held his end of season press conference on Monday after the Spurs fell in Game 7 to the Denver Nuggets. 

The biggest question was about Popovich's future and whether he would return for another season.

Popovich did not state anything official, but hinted at being in contract negotiations. 

“That’s up in the air. I've never talked about my contract in all these years. I've never had an agent. Never talked about the contract,” said Popovich. “My contract is basically my business.”

In classic Popovich fashion, he joked about being sought by two other teams.

"I’m currently in negotiation, could very well end up with the Portofino Flyers or the Positano Pirates," said Popovich. "It’s like one-third Positano, one-third Portofino, one-third San Antonio so we’ll see where it ends up.”

One topic Popvich was willing to open up about was the future look of the franchise. Popovich indicated re-signing forward Rudy Gay would be a priority.  

"He's a scorer. He's somebody who changes games. He's a great teammate, he's got a great personality and he's somebody that we hope we can figure out a way to keep him here," said Popovich. 

He also shed light on what will become a very crowded backcourt with Dejounte Murray's return from injury.

Derrick White has elevated himself into a legitmate player, Bryn Forbes has shown flashes and Lonnie Walker IV is poised for more minutes in his second season. 

So who's the odd man out? No one, accoring to Popovich. In fact, having to divy up minutes with a bevy of talented players is a challege he embraces. 

"It's a challenge for any coach, minutes for players. That said, I'd rather have that challenge and have Dejounte back than have him gone again," said Popvich. 

If Popovich returns in 2019-2020, it would be his 23rd full season as Spurs head coach.

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RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.