Gregg Popovich admits he regrets trading Boban Marjanovic after his first season with the Spurs

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Gregg Popovich revealed he has regretted his decision to trade Boban Marjanovic after just one season with the San Antonio Spurs.

The head coach of the Spurs said he ‘felt like an idiot’, when the team did not re-sign Marjanovic.

“I felt like an idiot (when we didn’t re-sign him after his rookie season). Sometimes, you do things because you know it’s right for the person. If you can do something that’s good for the team and the person, that’s great.

But he was, we brought him over here so he felt that loyalty and everything. But we sort of had to explain to him that that loyalty only goes so far. You’ve got to take care of your family, and people make decisions to take care of their families.

The offer he was getting was something that we couldn’t match, and I would have felt forever guilty if I would have convinced him to stay and give up all that money.

In the end, I just had to say, “No, you’re going. You’re gonna go. You have a family. You have to do it.” And he begrudgingly went.

He’s also intelligent. It’s not like he’s a dumb guy; this guy’s smart as hell. But his agent had to talk to him, and I had to talk to him.

I can’t remember at this point if I had anybody else talk to him, but he got it pretty quickly and understood that this was the logical move for him.

We told him, we’ll always be there for you, anything you need and I’m sure the Mavs feel the same way about him. He’s been great,” Popovich said, via Tim Cato of The Athletic.

Marjanović signed an one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2015.

A year later, he received a three-year, $21 million offer sheet from the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs declined to match.

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