The Golden State Warriors announced on Monday that the team has finalized its deal with Steve Kerr, who will become the team's next head coach.
The deal, as has been previously reported, is for $25 million over five years. The 48-year-old former Phoenix Suns general manager will be formally announced as the organization's next head coach during an introductory press conference scheduled for Tuesday, the same day as the draft lottery.
Kerr is expected to finish out the remainder of his analyst duties as an on-air commentator for the NBA playoffs and then join the team. He issued a statement on Monday about his decision to join the franchise:
“I’m really excited about the unique opportunity to coach a very talented team and work for this committed management group,” said Kerr. “In my estimation, the Warriors, from top to bottom, have become one of the marquee organizations in the NBA in recent years. I’m looking forward to becoming part of that environment and building upon the success of the last two seasons.”
A five-time NBA champion, Kerr will look to build off his experience as player under the tutelage of Phil Jackson with the Chicago Bulls and Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs. He had previously been in final negotiations with the New York Knicks to rejoin Jackson and coach the team, but the Warriors were able to finalize the deal before talks with Knicks owner James Dolan could progress any further. SI WIRE: Julius Erving to represent Sixers at NBA draft lottery