Few people in the close circle of Gregg Popovich expect him to coach the San Antonio Spurs beyond the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to a report from ESPN.
Popovich is under contract through the end of the 2018-19 season.
Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and Popovich are expected to meet soon to discuss Leonard’s future. San Antonio’s brass are hopeful that Popovich and Leonard’s meeting will aid in working out their differences and continue what has been largely a positive and productive partnership up until this year.
Leonard only played in nine games this past season because of a lingering quadriceps injury. He was cleared by team doctors to return but was never cleared by his own doctors to play.
The Spurs can offer Leonard the supermax extension this offseason, which would pay Leonard close to $219 million over five years. Leonard is close to being 100 percent and will be ready for the start of next season’s training camp.
How Popovich details his own coaching future to Leonard during their chat figures to be an important factor. Leonard attended Popovich’s wife’s funeral service shortly after the season ended and interacted with Spurs officials and staffers.