Spurs news: Gregg Popovich talking new contract with San Antonio
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Gregg Popovich talking new contract with Spurs

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It looks like San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will be coming back for his 24th season after all, and maybe some more after that.

While Popovich joked with the media about being in negotiations with teams other than the Spurs, he did mention that he is talking with San Antonio about a new deal:

Obviously, this is more of whether or not Popovich actually wants to come back, because the Spurs certainly aren’t going to let him walk

The wily 70-year-old just completed his 23rd season with the club, notching his 23rd playoff appearance in the process. However, for the first time in Popovich’s tenure with San Antonio, the Spurs lost in the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

Last spring, San Antonio fell to the Golden State Warriors in five games. This time around, the Spurs lost a hard-fought, seven-game series to the Denver Nuggets.

Things are clearly a bit different in San Antonio these days, as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are no longer around. Also gone is Kawhi Leonard, who was traded last summer and is currently leading the Toronto Raptors in the postseason.

But, the Spurs still have plenty of young talent on the roster, ranging from Derrick White to Bryn Forbes to Lonnie Walker, and with Dejounte Murray coming back from a torn ACL, San Antonio should be a better basketball team next season.

Whether or not the Spurs actually regain their status as a title contender in the near future, however, is the real question.