7-foot-3 Serbian center Boban Marjanovic has found a new home in the recent free agency with the Detroit Pistons. Despite his intention to stay in San Antonio, reports claim that the Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was the one who advised Marjanovic to accept the Pistons’ offer.
Boban Marjanovic’s stint in the San Antonio Spurs did not take long as he will now be playing on his second team in his sophomore year in the NBA. With the recent free agency, Marjanovic signed a three-year deal worth 21 million with the Detroit Pistons. The Serbian center was initially a restricted free agent, which means that the Spurs will only need to match the offer by other NBA teams to bring him back.
“My first wish was to stay,” Marjanovic said. “But this is good now. I think I made a good decision.”
Unfortunately, the Spurs were caught in the middle of a tight situation after the Philadelphia 76ers offered Manu Ginobili a $14 million. The Spurs had no choice but to match the offer and bring the 39-year-old swingman back. After signing Pau Gasol to a two-year deal worth $30 million, the Spurs were unable to compete to re-sign Boban Marjanovic.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich admitted that he advised the Serbian center to take the Pistons’ offer.
“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,” Popovich said. “I said, ‘Get your ass out of here. Go. You’ve got to do it.’ But he felt bad.”
Boban Marjanovic might have played limited minutes in his rookie season, but he has shown the potential to become one of the most dominant centers in the league. Now that he will be starting a new journey in Detroit, he is expected to be a backup for Andre Drummond and continue to prove himself in the league.
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