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Report: Warriors, Kerr Finalizing Lucrative Extension

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Jun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr interacts with fans during the Warriors 2018 championship victory parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
June 30, 2018
The Golden State Warriors are finalizing an extension to make Steve Kerr one of the NBA’s highest paid coaches, according to an ESPN report.
Kerr, 52, just finished the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed when he joined the Warriors in 2014.
The team has gone 265-63 in his four seasons at the helm, making four trips to the NBA Finals and winning three titles.
Kerr has battled health issues that have forced him to miss games over the past few seasons, including the first 43 of the 2015-16 season when he was dealing with a serious back injury. But he and the Warriors’ front office said previously they expected a new deal to get done quickly.
“I don’t think it’s gonna take long,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game earlier this month. “I want to be here, and Joe Lacob and Bob made it clear they want me here.
“I don’t have any desire to go anywhere else, and I’m not gonna play that card and play it out as a free agent and do all that stuff. I’m gonna coach here for a long time. We’ll get something done here pretty quick, and there won’t be much fanfare. It’s just gonna happen and we’ll move on.”
Salaries of NBA head coaches are not generally made public, but Doc Rivers’ previous contract reportedly averaged eight figures annually, before he signed an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers in May.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is believed to make around $11 million annually.

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