Connor Letourneau: Warriors have officially announced Steve Kerr’s contract extension.
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As a former reporter, in a manner of speaking, Steve Kerr is familiar with the phrase “Friday afternoon news dump.” It’s newsroom talk for stories released or leaked with the weekend approaching to minimize coverage. He was hoping that would be the case with his contract extension, the theory being that such news would be buried beneath the avalanche of speculation and debate regarding NBA free agency. It didn’t quite turn out that way because, well, Warriors news doesn’t bury well.
“My goal with this thing is for there not to be any news on details and then free agency begins tonight and it gets lost in the shuffle and nobody cares,” Kerr said Saturday, by phone, while driving to his San Diego-area home with his wife, Margot. “I signed a multi-year extension,” he added. “And that’s it.”
The new agreement fell into place Friday, according to multiple league sources, with Kerr’s signature to come in a matter of minutes or hours or, at the longest, days. The agreement was first reported by ESPN. The length of the extension has not been confirmed, but a league source previously indicated an additional three years had been discussed.
Steve Kerr, who has won three championships with the Golden State Warriors, has agreed to a contract extension that will make him one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches, league sources told ESPN.
The 52-year-old Kerr has fought through significant health issues in the past three years, but has been determined to push forward with this Warriors dynasty.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Three-time NBA championship coach Steve Kerr is finalizing a contract extension that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA, league sources tell ESPN.
95.7 The Game: Steve Kerr on his contract situation with the #Warriors via @DamonBruce: “I’m going to coach here for a long time and we’ll get something done pretty quickly. There won’t be much fanfare and we’re just going to move on.”
Logan Murdock: Steve Kerr on his extension this summer: “We’ll get that done real quick”
He’s already put in one presidential term. He’s ready for another. Or, as Kerr put it: “I’m going to need (an extension) because I bought a house in San Francisco and I’m going to have to coach for another 20 years to afford that house,” Kerr laughingly told Anthony Slater on Friday night.
En route to his second successive performance as the most valuable player in the finals, Durant made multiple proclamations to the news media that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors this summer. Lacob, meanwhile, is intent on signing Kerr, who has one season left on his deal with the team, to a contract extension as soon as possible. Extension offers to Durant’s and Stephen Curry’s fellow All-Stars, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are likewise forthcoming, according to Lacob.
He kept it simple: “Steve did a great job because the bottom line is we won,” Lacob said. What he lacked in words, he’ll make up in money. Kerr is up for a contract extension this summer and Lacob told The Athletic to expect it to get done quickly. “It’s very high (on the priority list),” Lacob said. “And we will get it done.”
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob expects to sign coach Steve Kerr to a contract extension this summer. Kerr just finished the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million deal with his third NBA championship in four years. He has dealt with health issues for the past three seasons, but Lacob told ESPN late Friday night that he believes Kerr wants to remain as coach long term.
“We’ll get it done this summer,” Lacob said after the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. “Let him rest a little bit. But we’ll get it done. He wants to be with us. We want him long term. “He obviously has some health issues he’s still working through, but we’ll get it done. I think as long as he feels comfortable doing it long term, we want him.”
Kerr, who told The Athletic in October there are plans to extend his contract next summer, clearly expects to be here when the Chase Center opens. Long before this visit, when assistant general manager Kirk Lacob was making sure the coaching staff had a say in the building strategy, Kerr made a few specific requests that were ultimately granted. “How the courts were going to be angled, (like) which way, and based on the lines (of sight), and how many hoops (there would be),” he explained. “There were a few details that I felt strongly about it. The balcony (overlooking the court). We have a lot of visitors to practice — coaches. And we wanted access for people to come in and visit and watch without being able to go downstairs.”
But based on the rules of today’s NBA, this is what it takes to stay on top. And jokes aside, this isn’t the kind of joy ride anyone wants to hop off of – least of all Kerr, who missed 43 games in the 2015-16 regular season and 11 playoff games last season because of complications from botched back surgery in 2015. “I love what I do, so I keep doing it,” Kerr says when asked about his long-term view. “Coaching is actually helpful, and it’s no secret that I still deal with a lot of pain. But it’s not like I’m going to walk away because of it. I love what I do. I love coaching. I love being around the guys, and I’ve just had to learn how to kind of manage my life. So that’s what I’m doing.”
Steve Kerr and Warriors management held preliminary contract extension talks last summer, but Kerr tabled final discussions until next summer to make sure he felt healthy enough to make a long-term commitment, Kerr told The Athletic on Sunday evening. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers held the initial talks — and Kerr, Myers and Warriors owner Joe Lacob all told The Athletic on Sunday that they fully expect that Kerr will sign an extension next summer.
“We just agreed we’d wait,” Kerr said. “I’ve got two years left on my deal and wanted to make sure that everything went well this year health-wise. And I don’t anticipate any issues going forward. “I don’t have any desire to be anywhere else. So I’m sure when we get down to it, we’ll come to an agreement pretty quickly.”
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