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

“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?

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.