The Golden State Warriors’ offseason news dying down just a bit, but there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the team.
For one, Steve Kerr was really close to becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks. How close? He actually verbally committed to the Knicks’ coaching position one day before the Warriors fired Mark Jackson, according to Knicks’ president Phil Jackson.
But the Warriors fired Jackson, came after Kerr hard, and caused him to reconsider.
“Unfortunately for him, he committed to me the day before the job opened with Golden State,” Jackson said. “So I had to kind of release him to actually go to this job and say ‘you have to do what’s right for yourself.’ I understood entirely the process he was going through to have that job open up. That was something he kind of thought would be a good fit for him. So that’s good, we’re happy for him.”
In other news, the Warriors are, for some reason, publicly raising the value of Klay Thompson. During an interview with KNBR, GM Bob Myers called Thompson a “top-5 shooting guard,” and that he will be “paid a lot of money.”
Thompson will be a restricted free agent after the end of the next season, and given his current talent and his sky-high potential, there may be bidding war for him if the Warriors don’t lock him up beforehand.
Praising Thompson publicly doesn’t seem like such a smart decision on the part of Myers. Now, Thompson and his agents will be able to use that as leverage when negotiating his next contract, which is bound to be more than the $3 he will make next season.