Spurs coach Gregg Popovich encouraged Pistons C Boban Marjanovic to leave San Antonio

Posted at 1:40 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 12:52:17-04

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich encouraged Boban Marjanovic to leave the team, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Popovich told the newspaper that Marjaovic was prepared to stay with the Spurs for what would have been a small salary, and Popovich had to lovingly push him out the door.

Popovich said "He's such a good kid, at some point I had to work to get him to understand that $21 million was different than $3 million."

Marjanovic was a free agent this summer. The Pistons signed him to a $21 million, three-year contract in July.