Warriors pessimistic about landing Steve Kerr as coach

Jonathan Daniel

The Golden State Warriors believe it will be tough to pry Steve Kerr away from joining the New York Knicks.

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The New York Knicks remain the likely landing spot for Steve Kerr, and the Golden State Warriors are becoming more pessimistic about landing Kerr as their head coach. According to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ian Begley, the Warriors believe Kerr is too deeply committed with the Knicks and president Phil Jackson to turn back.

The New York Post reported on Friday that Kerr had not ironed out any contract details with the Knicks, but it's expected he could be pushing for a five-year deal worth around $6 million annually. Adding to the lengthy timeline that's only helping the Knicks and their wealth is that Jackson said he's OK taking his time in adding the next coach officially. Kerr, meanwhile, has maintained that he wants to finish out his contract working with TNT as an NBA analyst.

Kerr might be hard to pull out of New York's grips because of his relationship with Jackson, though he does have a friendship with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and worked under team president Rick Welts during their time with the Phoenix Suns. Though it would be appealing for Kerr to remain near his family on the West Coast, the Knicks are apparently willing to overpay to get their top target.

Golden State's second option, Stan Van Gundy, is believed to be the most likely successor for the Warriors, who are looking to replace Mark Jackson.

But even that is a questionable outcome. Indications are that Van Gundy is torn about returning to the Bay Area, where he grew up. During a radio interview with 740 AM in Orlando this week, the former Orlando Magic head coach said he and his family were happy with his current situation -- Van Gundy has been working as a radio analyst while living in Florida.

Lionel Hollins, the former Memphis Grizzlies coach, also remains on the radar for the Warriors.

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