After seven and a half years of being an assistant coach for the Spurs, Becky Hammon looks set to leave San Antonio to become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Aces in a landmark deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Just in: San Antonio Spurs assistant and WNBA legend Becky Hammon is closing in on a landmark deal to become the new head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, sources tell me and @ChantelJennings.https://t.co/upEi4FMKrs— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 31, 2021
The Las Vegas Aces were formerly the San Antonio Stars, where Hammon played for seven seasons. She had her jersey retired by the franchise, which had the second best record in the league last season under Bill Laimbeer, who will now transition to a front office position.
The five-year deal will be the richest in WNBA history for a head coach. Despite the signing being reported now, Hammon will finish the season out with the Spurs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is finalizing a five-year deal with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces that’ll make her the league’s highest paid coach, sources tell ESPN. Hammon plans to finish season with San Antonio.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2021
According to reports, Becky was also being courted by the New York Liberty, the other team she played for in her WNBA career.
Here at Pounding the Rock we would like to congratulate Becky on her incredible new opportunity and thank her for the years she spent helping the San Antonio Spurs.