The Spurs made a great offseason move, and no, it did not involve Kawhi Leonard. Instead, it involves someone whose job will be a lot more difficult if Leonard leaves.
San Antonio has promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon to the front of the bench into the position previously occupied by the departed James Borrego.
Spurs have promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon to the front of the bench, replacing James Borrego.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2018
The departure of Borrego to become the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets opened up the spot for Hammon.
This is not some sort of publicity stunt by the Spurs to win brownie points; Hammon has proven herself to be a formidable presence for one of the league's most accomplished franchises. She first joined San Antonio in 2014 and became head coach of their Summer League team the following summer, leading the squad to a title.
As expected, Becky Hammon will move to the front of the bench with Gregg Popovich's staff next season. Continues to place her on the trajectory of being a future head coach, something many around the league expect to happen someday.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 27, 2018
The Spurs are fortunate to retain Hammon's services, as she interviewed for both the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons head coaching positions this spring. It is only a matter of time before she earns a head coaching job. How long she will remain on Gregg Popovich's bench, then, is an open question.
Of course, she could very well end up being Coach Pop's successor-in-waiting.