Spurs assistant Messina interviews for job in Italy

Ettore Messina, left, has been an assistant with Gregg Popovich and the Spurs since 2014.

San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina interviewed for the head coaching position with Olimpia Milano of the Italian league, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

Messina, 59, was reportedly a strong candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ vacancy after the season, but the Cavs went with former Michigan coach John Beilein instead.

As for Messina specifically, he has served as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich since 2014. Before that, he coached Russian power CSKA Moscow.

The native of Italy has also coached Real Madrid (Spain), Benetton Treviso (Italy), Virtus Bologna (also Italy) and served as a consultant with the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-12).

According to Carchia, Messina is likely to make a decision this week on whether he will stay with the Spurs or take the Milano job.