NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Knicks could have Steve Kerr on board by early next week. If not, it’ll be back to the drawing board.
Kerr is expected to make a decision on the Knicks’ coaching vacancy by Monday, according to the New York Daily News.
The TNT analyst and former Phoenix Suns general manager has been linked to the job for two months and at one point was considered a lock for the position. The Golden State Warriors have emerged as a possible landing spot, though it’s been reported the Knicks are still the lead horse for Kerr’s services due to his relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
But the Warriors are a contending team coming off a 51-win season. The Knicks would be more of a rebuilding project, made even more uncertain with Carmelo Anthony set to test free agency.
The Golden State job would also keep Kerr at home on the West Coast.
“Obviously, he has family considerations, and perhaps staying in California appeals to him,” a source told the Daily News.
The Warriors have also been linked to former Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy, UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.
The New York Post also reported that a decision could come soon, adding that Kerr hopes to finish his broadcasting obligations in the NBA playoffs even if he accepts a job.
If he lands with the Knicks, the 48-year-old would likely implement the famed triangle offense under Jackson, who he won three championships with as a player. Jackson has told Anthony that he expects to hire Kerr, according to the Post.
Kerr is being represented by Mike Tannenbaum, the former Jets general manager-turned-agent. Tannenbaum told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday that Kerr will coach somewhere — whether it’s three weeks from now or three years from now.
Tannenbaum said “there could be some other openings,” and according to multiple reports, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers are also interested.
Maybe we’ll know by next week.
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