Steve Kerr claims that money wasn't the motivating factor in his departure

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Steve Kerr’s departure from the Suns was a bit curious…until Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski chimed in with the punchline: Robert Sarver asked Kerr to take a 10% paycut. Typical Sarver, typical Suns.

There’s just one catch: publicly, both Saver and Kerr deny that the money played a significant part in Kerr and the Suns’ divorce. From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

Kerr and Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver negotiated through
Monday. Kerr was offered a one-year contract to stay at his current
salary or a three-year deal that would repeat his previous one except
for adding a third-year bonus. That meant Kerr’s first-year salary
would be a cut of about 10 percent from last season, when his salary
ranked in the upper one-third of West GMs.

“It (money) was a small part of it,” Sarver said. “I’m not sure it was a part of it at all.”

It was part of a picture that made leaving a better option. Kerr was
not expecting a raise, considering the club’s annual losses and $2.5
million still owed to Terry Porter, a coach he hired and fired. But
negotiations came at the same time that TNT’s lead-analyst job was
vacated by Doug Collins, who became Philadelphia’s coach.

Kerr, 44, has commuted from his San Diego home to work in Phoenix,
travel with the team and scout nationally. He said his wife, Margot,
and children (ages 12, 15 and 17) were a “big, big reason” for his
choice.

“This is not a contract issue,” Kerr said at a news conference that
Sarver did not attend Tuesday due to a prior commitment. “This is a
career and personal decision that I’ve made.”

That certainly puts a different spin on Kerr’s departure; rather than leaving the team due to Sarver denying him equal salary, Steve chose to leave because he either wanted to spend more time with his family or saw it as a bad career move. The former is nice but the latter is juicy. After all, if Kerr is jumping his own ship, what does that say about his approximation of the Suns’ future?

DeMarcus Cousins pushes handsy Joakim Noah (video)

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Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.

Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.

Aaron Gordon throws inbound pass off Marcus Morris’ back, scores (video)

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Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.

Brandon Jennings sinks halfcourt shot after whistle (video)

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The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.

Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes wanted for questioning after alleged New York nightclub fight

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Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.

His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.

TMZ:

Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.

In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”

Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.

The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.