Report: Becky Hammon Nears Record-Breaking Aces Deal Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Chicago
The WNBA is on the verge of regaining a legend.
Becky Hammon is in the process of finalizing a five-year contract to become head coach of the Las Vegas Aces, according to Shams Charania and Chantel Jennings of The Athletic. The deal would make her the highest-paid coach in WNBA history.
Hammon played 16 WNBA seasons from 1999 to 2014, sharing her career equally with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars, who later became Aces in 2018. Both organizations are said to have pursued her during the offseason of the WNBA before Hammon decided to take the job with the Ace.
Following her playing career in the WNBA, Hammon joined Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs team and became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. She has served as interim and interim head coach throughout her tenure with Spurs, and she plans to end the season with Spurs before joining Aces, according to Charania and Jennings.
Hammon had been interviewed for a handful of vacant NBA head coaching positions over the past few seasons, but no team hired her as the league’s first full-time female coach.
The work Hammon takes is not really an open position. Bill Laimbeer helped Aces win three WNBA Semifinals and one WNBA Finals appearance during his four-year tenure in Las Vegas. According to Charania and Jennings, he will step aside for Hammon to enter, and he could take on a front office or advisory role for the organization.
The Aces finished with the second-best WNBA record last season at 24-8 before falling to Phoenix Mercury in the semifinals. The franchise is still chasing its first WNBA title.