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Report: The Nets are still chasing after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich

The latest on Brooklyn’s pursuit of the Spurs’ play-caller

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Brooklyn Nets Introduce D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov during a Press Conference Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Gregg Popovich is once again in the NBA news cycle as his name continues to circulate around the rumor mill that is the Brooklyn Nets impending head-coaching hunt.

Despite zero indication from the play-caller about any arrangements to leave San Antonio, a Shams Charania story about interest from Brooklyn, coupled with Las Vegas betting odds, has some people pondering his future with the Spurs.

Gerald Brown of Sirius XM NBA Radio reported the Nets are planning to put together a “godfather” offer for the Popovich a month ago, though general manager Sean Marks shot down the idea of luring him from the Spurs.

Front office executives are known to lie about their true intentions from time to time to avoid incurring increasingly expensive fines for tampering, so no one should dismiss Brooklyn’s interest in acquiring Popovich, especially considering their many Spurs connections.

Marks won a title playing for Popovich in 2005 and operated as both an assistant coach and assistant general manager for the Silver and Black from 2013 to 2016. Nets assistant general manager Andy Birdsong, interim head coach Jacque Vaughn, and assistant coaches Tiago Splitter and Bret Brielmaier are also Spurs alumni.

Although Pop likely has the respect to take a meeting with the Brooklyn Nets given his relationship with several of their staff members, it’s tough to imagine the 71-year-old leaving San Antonio to start anew in the twilight of his career.

In any case, the Spurs would need to trade Popovich to the Brooklyn Nets or relieve him of his head coaching duties since he still has two years of his three-year extension remaining on the contract he signed last offseason.

It doesn’t appear San Antonio has any desire to fire Popovich anytime soon, and an organization that prides itself on loyalty and family almost definitely won’t deal one of the greatest coaches in NBA history in search of first-round picks and unproven assets.