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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

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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 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.

  1. cakemixa - May 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Someone please refresh my memory, what exactly has Kerr done to be such a hot coaching candidate?

    • casualcommenter - May 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      He’s friends with Phil Jackson, who is in charge of the Knicks, and he’s friends with both the owner and team president of the Warriors.

      It’s good to have powerful fiends.

    • starks3 - May 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      As a lifer Knick fan, this seems like a move that the “Isiah” regime would do doesn’t it? Lets overpay for someone who has never coached a day in his life!! Sounds good to me, while were at it lets give Amare another max deal too!

      • duhwighthoward - May 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        I feel for Knicks fans. I was just thinking the other day, how you had Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford in their prime and didn’t even make the playoffs.

  2. abchome - May 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    The same salary as Popvich… wow!

  3. saint1997 - May 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I just want to know what happens to the 2k15 commentating !

    • phaden27 - May 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Not Reggie. Not Reggie. Not Reggie.
      *Crosses Fingers*

  4. balfe13 - May 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    How the hell did Mike Tannenbaum get into the agent business? Seriously, that may be the most surprising sports-related thing I’ve heard all year. Is it because he was such a success as a general manager? Or his extremely likable personality?

    • pudgalvin - May 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      5 years 30 million for a guy that’s never coached a game in his life. Sounds like a pretty good agent to me.

  5. TheMorningStar - May 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Hahahaha….Tannenbum now an agent…hahahaha!

    • cowboysfaninbuffalove - May 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      He was an agent before he was the GM of the Jets…he may have done an inadequate job with the Jets, but he is very successful as an agent.

      • TheMorningStar - May 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Thanks for the informatio. Its probably best if he stays as an agent; the GM thing ddidn’t work out so well.

  6. campcouch - May 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I know Kerr was a great spot up shooter for the Bulls 16 years ago and got a little run in San Antonio,but the dude literally destroyed the Suns and then went back to babbling on the mic. Phil Jackson must have a lot of faith in this guy to become a coach for $6 mil a year as a rookie. That’s championship winning coach scratch there. The Knicks aren’t my team but they’re heading into some weirdness that they shouldn’t be involved in. But hey,Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd have done well so far,so it’s not a real stretch. But good luck with this,Kerr is feeling his own hype right now.

    • antistratfordian - May 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      We don’t interact with Kerr like Jackson has. PJ is able to converse with him, question him and observe him in ways that none of us can – and he obviously likes what he’s heard from Kerr. And so have others apparently. So it’s not just blind faith – Kerr has proven himself to Jackson in other ways.

  7. kb2408 - May 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    It’s a win/win for both franchises, IMO. And who says the Knocks are overpaying for Kerr? If they want him bad enough and he does well for them how can anyone put a price tag on that? It’s like those that say the LAKERS overpaid Kobe. According to who?

    • m4a188 - May 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      One difference, Kerr’s contract would not count against the cap unlike your boy.

    • balfe13 - May 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      There’s quite a large difference between those two things, actually. There is no salary cap for coaches, so you’re right, a team should spend as much as they want to on a coach without it being seen as overpaying. However, since there is a salary cap for players, a player certainly can be overpaid relative to that cap because he’s taking up far too great a percentage of the dollars available for a team to spend.

  8. SBoy - May 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Wow…If Kerr gets this much money, he needs to send Golden State a Christmas card every year for helping to create the demand for his services… Nothing personal against Kerr, he’s likable but the reported contract seems a tad much for an unproven coach.

    • antistratfordian - May 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      This is professional sports. Unproven people get enormous contracts all the time. This time Kerr is up to bat. We’ll see what he does.

      • SBoy - May 11, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        We’re not talking players or experienced coaches, we’re talking head coaches with zero experience… Jason Kidd for example is getting 10.5 mill over four years with 7.5 guaranteed… If Golden State didn’t jump in the mix I’m thinking Kerr’s deal with the knicks would be closer to that than 6/30…ergo why he should send GS Christmas cards if that is what he gets.

      • antistratfordian - May 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Kerr was never going to make Jason Kidd money. His salary was always going to be higher than that. It’s not like he’s just some ex-player strolling in off the street into a coaching position – he has as much relevant experience as any head coaching candidate can possibly have without ever having coached professionally before.

  9. andreboy1 - May 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    no one else would give him that money

  10. jollyjoker2 - May 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    30 million for an unproven? Wow. I breathe air – I should be at least be president .

  11. gs7101 - May 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    The Knicks have a long history of overpaying their players, so paying Kerr $30 million to coach is the next foolish thing for them to do. I thought Phil Jackson was hired to clean up the mess in this organization, but I guess not!

    • antistratfordian - May 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      They hired Phil Jackson to listen to Phil Jackson – and he demanded Steve Kerr – so they really have no choice but to get Steve Kerr at all costs.

      And that’s why they brought Jackson there in the first place – and that’s why Jackson agreed to be there. 1) They have full trust in him and 2) they will spare no expense to get him everything he wants for this team.

    • cavreconscout - May 12, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Been a knicks fan all my life and convinced they are jinxed/cursed.they could have GOD on the team and still f in d a way to not EVER win an NBA championship.kerr and Jackson will prove I am right

  12. omeimontis - May 12, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    The decision to fire Mark Jackson is not only stupid, but also done at the spur of the moment. If they had planned to replace him, they would have searched for a replacement weeks, if not months, ago. Now they are stuck with no coach, and a team that has just won 51 games may be coached by a retread like Mike D’Antoni.

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