June 15, 2010

Steve Kerr has resigned as the Suns general manager and president of basketball operations, according to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

Though Kerr, whose contract expires June 30, had expected to return, negotiations for a new deal and an opportunity to go back to TV commentating prompted him to leave, said managing partner Robert Sarver.

Sarver said negotiations over Kerr's contract played a "small part" in his reason for resigning, indicating his primary motive was returning to TV. His previous employer, TNT, just lost lead commentator Doug Collins when he took the 76ers head coaching job.

Kerr, 44, joined the Suns' leadership in 2004 when he became a minority owner and adviser for Sarver and later took over as GM.

The Suns went 54-28 this season and made it to the Western Conference fianls.

They will begin searching for his replacement, with in-house candiates in consideration. Kerr will stay on board for the June 24 draft and keep his ownership stake in the team.

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