Steve Kerr has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million contract to become the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors, replacing Mark Jackson and spurning the New York Knicks in the process.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge first broke the news before several reports shed light on the supposed details of the deal.
Kerr has never coached before, though this has not dissuaded the Warriors in inking him to a long-term deal. Kerr has spent several seasons in TNT’s broadcast booth.
The Warriors fired Mark Jackson after two seasons, the latter a repeat trip to the playoffs and a 51-win season.
Kerr has previous front-office experience with the Phoenix Suns, where he had a three-year run as General Manager and was the engineer behind the Suns’ trade for Shaquille O’Neal.
The signing leaves the Knicks scrambling for a head coach. Kerr was their preferred candidate and it was widely assumed he was close to coming to terms with the organisation on a contract.