Mar 26, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT
Steve Kerr’s first couple months on the job in Phoenix in 2008 really can only be called an unmitigated disaster — the Shaquille O’Neal trade, sending Mike D’Antoni away and trying to take a team that was a title contender and change it on the fly. Bad idea jeans.
But things are better now — the Suns likely will win more than 50 games, the team is running and gunning with Alvin Gentry, and there are some nice young players like Goran Dragic and Robin Lopez in the fold. The team is fun to watch again. Things are not as good as some Suns fans think — they are getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Jazz, Nuggets for Mavericks — but they are not bad.
And that means Kerr may get a contract extension and stick around, according to the Arizona Republic.
Near the end of his three-year contract with the Suns, Kerr’s image is on the mend, his popularity on the rise. Inside the organization, many believe the Suns general manager will sign a new deal and remain in power, a stunning change to those who believed he would walk away once this season is over.
“(Suns owner) Robert (Sarver) and I have talked about it, and I feel good about the situation,” Kerr said. “We’re going to figure out everything at the end of the season.”
Here’s the real question for Sarver — does he want Kerr to be the one to rebuild this team?
Steve Nash is still playing great ball, but his body is basically held together with that magic spray they use in soccer matches on injured players. Amare Stoudemire is likely to opt out of his contract this summer and may well land in Miami or with another contender. I’m not sure of the exact date, but I think Grant Hill has been playing in the league since George Mikan was a star.
In the coming next couple of years, the Suns will have a roster overhaul and be rebuilt. Kerr is starting to look comfortable as a GM, but the only question that matters becomes: Is Sarver comfortable with Kerr as the one to rebuild the Suns? If so, he should get Kerr and extension.