Boban Marjanovic had to be talked into getting his money this summer—Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told the friendly giant to flee San Antonio and get paid.

The Detroit Pistons came through with a three-year, $21 million deal.

Marjanovic, 28, quickly became a fan favorite last season and is already on his way to cult status in Motown.

Per the Express-News:

When he became a free agent last summer, Boban Marjanovic’s first choice was to stay in San Antonio.

 

“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.”

 

After a rookie season in which he became one of the most efficient players in the league on a per-minute basis, Marjanovic entered an over-heated free agency market last summer. Popovich knew then there was little hope of bringing him back. […] “We knew he was gone,” Popovich said. “It happens to every team. You lose a guy because you have to pay people and you can’t pay them all.”

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