Reports: Warriors think Kerr goes to New York, Knicks willing to pay $30 million to make that happen
May 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
More and more, it loos like next week Steve Kerr will announce he will be the next coach of New York Knicks.
Even the Golden State Warriors, who have gone after Kerr for their vacant head coaching position, feel that way, reports ESPN.
The Golden State Warriors are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of convincing Steve Kerr to turn down the New York Knicks in favor of Golden State’s coaching job, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors fear Kerr is “too deep” in talks with the Knicks and new shot-caller Phil Jackson to convince Kerr to rebuff Jackson now, despite Kerr’s close relationship with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and team president Rick Welts, as well as Golden State’s proximity to Kerr’s offseason home in San Diego.
There’s also the money factor.
If the Knicks are going to get Kerr to move across the country and take over coaching a team not nearly as close to contending as Golden State’s, they are going to have to pay. Actually, they have to overpay.
Kerr’s agent is asking for five years, $30 million, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post. That should get it done.
Kerr’s agent is Mike Tannenbaum, the former Jets general manager. It is believed Tannenbaum is seeking a five-year deal for Kerr, the same length as (team president Phil) Jackson’s.
It is also believed Kerr is seeking a similar financial deal as Mike D’Antoni had when he inked a four-year, $24 million pact with the Knicks in 2008.
Where does that leave the Warriors? Likely with Stan Van Gundy, according to multiple reports.
Kerr is expected to announce his decision early next week. Whatever he decides he will stay on as an analyst with TNT through the end of the Western Conference Finals.
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