REPORT: Spurs' Ettore Messina leaning towards accepting 3-year deal to join Milano


As we reported, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina has been in serious talks to join European club Milano.

Now a new report is out and it seems Messina's days in San Antonio may be coming to an end.

According to a report via Sportando, the Spurs assistant coach is nearing a deal to sign with Italian team AX Armani Exchange Milano.

[T]he former Italian basketball coach is ready to land in the red and white after the decisive meeting last Friday . On the table a three-year contract with a subsequent renewal option. An agreement, obviously, in the long term for a very ambitious new project.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport the transaction is being finalized.

The reported deal is for three years and it is being reported Messina will become the new head coach and serve as the team's president.

Messina's current contract with the Spurs expires this summer.

Messina has been with the Spurs since 2014. Prior to joining the Spurs, Messina had a stellar career overseas. He is a four-time Euroleague champion, a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year and a four-time Italian League champion.

If true, Messina will return to coaching in Italy where he spent time before landing in the NBA and has success.

This offseason, the Spurs have seen Ime Udoka leave the bench to join the Sixers as their first-assistant coach to Brett Brown.