New York Knicks Rumors: Steve Kerr, Knicks Nearing Agreement

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The New York Knicks’ pursuit of Steve Kerr has lasted longer than most thought. The two have flirted with one another, first with rumors that Kerr was a candidate for the head coaching job, then through Phil Jackson’s own acknowledgement of his candidacy, then a Jackson-Kerr dinner date, but not much since.

According to Frank Isola, the latest New York Knicks rumors suggest that Kerr and the Knicks are nearing an agreement:

Steve Kerr is inching closer to finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Knicks, according to a source close to the TNT broadcaster.

Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum, is still negotiating with the Knicks but the two sides are optimistic that a deal would be in place early this week. The plan is to have Kerr accompany Knicks president Phil Jackson to Chicago for the NBA Draft combine which begins Thursday.

Kerr has been Jackson’s one and only choice since Jackson agreed to run the Knicks two months ago. Jackson and Kerr met face-to- face in New York two weeks ago and have been in daily contact over the telephone.

Kerr’s name has also been linked to the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and Los Angeles Lakers, but because of his relationship with Jackson, the Knicks have been seen as Kerr’s most likely destination. It seems that once the Knicks started to favor Kerr, other teams hopped on the bandwagon, perhaps jumping at Jackson’s faith in him. Yesterday, sources claimed that Kerr was seeking a five-year, $30-million deal to accept the job.
As we’ve noted before, Kerr doesn’t have any coaching experience, but other coaches like Doc Rivers, Mark Jackson, and most recently, Jason Kidd made the jump pretty quickly without experience. It helps for Kerr to have Jackson as a mentor, too, both from his playing days and if he accepts the Knicks’ job.
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