3. Gregg Popovich (Head Coach)
Ok, let me get this out of the way immediately: Gregg Popovich isn’t going to the Houston Rockets. There’s been no indication that he’s even considering leaving San Antonio, despite all the rumors of the Brooklyn Nets being prepared to send a “Godfather offer” to the Spurs for him.
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Still, the premise of this post is who the Rockets should pursue. After all, the Clippers once traded a first-round pick for Doc Rivers and are now one of the favorites to win the NBA title this season.
Houston doesn’t have much to offer in terms of picks, and even if they did, that wouldn’t be nearly enough.
Daryl Morey would have to get very creative to pry Gregg Popovich from San Antonio, and creativity is Morey’s calling card. That said, it’s just not happening.
Popovich has become synonymous with the city of San Antonio and now has his biggest star in Tim Duncan by his side on the bench.
Popovich isn’t the type to want to leave an organization that he built up for over 20 years to start over somewhere else, especially at age 71.
Given how outspoken he is about certain political issues, he also wouldn’t want to report to Houston’s current ownership.
Would the Spurs hear the Rockets out when it comes to poaching Pop? Probably not. Should they try anyway? It couldn’t hurt.