SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is finalizing a five-year deal with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces to become their next head coach, according to multiple sources, including ESPN.
Sources say she plans to finish the season with the Spurs, and that the deal would make Hammon the WNBA’s highest paid head coach.
San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is finalizing a five-year deal with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces that’ll make her the league’s highest paid coach, sources tell ESPN. Hammon plans to finish season with San Antonio.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2021
Hammon has been an assistant under head coach Gregg Popovich since 2014, and was a six-time all-star during her playing career in the WNBA.
During a game in December of 2020, she replaced Popovich on the bench following his ejection, making her the first woman to serve as acting head coach in a regular season NBA game.
Hammon has been interviewed for several NBA head coaching openings in the past, including this past summer with the Portland Trail Blazers, but still hasn’t gotten an offer to be the first woman to lead an NBA team.
Hammon, along with former Spurs player Manu Ginobili, were recently nominated as part of the class of 2022 for the Basketball Hall of Fame.