September 1, 2020, 9:41 amDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
While much of the talk around the league is Gregg Popovich's run with the San Antonio Spurs may have reached an end, the Spurs themselves sure don't seem to think that way.
“Pop’s shown nothing other than how we’re going to build our team for next year,” Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford told reporters on a Zoom call, on Monday. There would be no reason to think Popovich would leave the Spurs after 26 years, except for the fact the Nets may come calling, and he is reportedly the Nets' top priority in their coaching search. The Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in 23 seasons and they could end up trading LaMarcus Aldridge and perhaps even DeMar DeRozan in the offseason. Either way, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have some say in the search Brooklyn is conducting and both are big Popovich fans. If the Nets wanted Popovich, and he wanted the Nets, they would owe the Spurs some sort of compensation, most likely draft picks and cash, but that is just the same speculation that rules every NBA offseason.
Source: Sports Illustrated