May 14, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
The Golden State Warriors’ apparent No. 1 choice to replace Mark Jackson was Steve Kerr, but then they were convinced he was going to the Knicks.
So, they moved to their apparent No. 2 choice, Stan Van Gundy. But the Pistons swooped in and stole Van Gundy from Golden State.
So, now the Warriors are on their No. 3 No. 1 choice.
New York had been pursuing a shorter length deal than has been available to Kerr elsewhere, league sources said, and that’s believed to have re-opened Kerr’s mind to the possibility of the Warriors job again.
The Warriors management group lost out on Stan Van Gundy to a $35 million deal to run the Detroit Pistons, and flew to Oklahoma City on Tuesday to meet with Kerr. The Warriors left more convinced of Kerr’s readiness to coach the franchise, league sources said, and Kerr had a chance to further familiarize himself with the entire Warriors front office.
This could be a negotiating tactic by Kerr, or it could be the total truth. Most likely, it falls some between.
If Kerr wants to coach the Knicks, the Warriors could help him leverage a better contract. If he wants to coach the Warriors, he’s getting more info on the team.
Either way, by waiting and taking advantage of his demand – as curious as that demand might be for someone with no coaching experience – Kerr is giving himself better options.
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