NBA Rumor: Steve Kerr Contract

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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.

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.

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.”
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December 1, 2020 | 3:47 pm EST Update