After weeks of speculation, we now know where TNT analyst Steve Kerr will coach next season.
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com and Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, Kerr has reportedly agreed in terms on a five-year, $25 million deal to become the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Stunner: Steve Kerr spurns the Knicks, accepts Warriors’ head coach job. Story coming on http://t.co/tv9kc59jsI.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 15, 2014
Source confirms that Steve Kerr is going to the Warriors. Has signed a five-year, $25 million deal. Had been #Knicks top candidate.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 15, 2014
Kerr replaces Mark Jackson, who was allegedly on two different pages with the Warriors’ front office – per ESPN.com.
Kerr was expected by many to take the New York Knicks’ gig, however, reportedly cited family matters (lives in San Diego) as the main reason to go with Golden State – per ESPN.com. Also, New York was only offering him a four-year deal.
Back in April, Kerr, after claiming he “absolutely expects” an offer from New York, said that “if he’s offered the job, he’s going to take it” – per a source close to the New York Post – which is why it comes as a surprise he chose Golden State.
Kerr was also anticipated to accept the Knicks’ job due to Phil Jackson’s presence. Together, the two won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.
This is Kerr’s first rodeo as a coach.