The Golden State Warriors have reportedly agreed to a deal with Steve Kerr that will make him their new head coach. Many reports have stated that Kerr would end up signing with the New York Knicks, but that will not be the case. This is a very good move for the Warriors, but could be a little bit of a learning process as well with Kerr not having any previous head coaching experience.
According to reports from ESPN.com, the deal that Kerr accepted to become the Warriors’ head coach is a five-year, $25 million deal. TNT first reported the agreement between Kerr and the Warriors. The Warriors didn’t think that they had a chance to get Kerr, after all signs pointed to him signing with the Knicks. Once they realized that their chances were diminishing quickly, they began pushing him as hard as they could to try and change his mind.
Golden State did target a few other names throughout their search, including Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy signed with the Detroit Pistons to become their new head coach, which made the Warriors make another run at Kerr earlier today. The Knicks were expected to land Kerr, largely in part to the close relationship between Phil Jackson and Kerr.
In the end, the deciding factor for Kerr was the difference in talent between the Warriors and Knicks. The Warriors offer him a growing superstar in Stephen Curry, and other great complimentary pieces such as Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, and Andre Iguodala. He simply wouldn’t have had that type of opportunity if he signed with New York, and wouldn’t even know for sure that Carmelo Anthony would be on the roster.
Overall, this is a good decision by Kerr and a good move for the Warriors. They are getting a coach that they believe is going to be special, and will take the teams offense and defense to another level. Kerr is also expected to develop a good relationship with Curry as both have been great shooters throughout their entire career.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.