Kerr goes, does that mean Amare Stoudemire is next?

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Thumbnail image for stoudemire.pngSteve Kerr’s job number one this summer is to re-sign Amare Stoudemire.

Make that was job number one. His new job number one is to work out that contract with TNT. Job number two is to stay out of his wife and kids way — they have a routine set.

So what happens to the old job number one?

The departure of Kerr does not help efforts to bring Stoudemire back to the Suns next year.

Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters told FanHouse he is not happy because Kerr and Walters had been working well together toward an extension with Stoudemire. Now, everything is up in the air.

Stoudemire himself had a strong belief in Kerr and this move does not help the prospects of re-signing him, said Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

But in the end, it’s all about the money.

If Suns owner Robert Sarver approves a three-year maximum extension for Stoudemire — in the $60 million range — then Stoudemire will stay in Phoenix.

But Sarver just lost Kerr because he asked him to take a pay cut. Some reports suggested it was a 10 percent cuts, others suggested it was much higher than that.

If Sarver is asking Kerr to take a pay cut, is he going to offer Stoudemire a max deal?

They are not talking pay cuts in Miami, that’s for sure.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.