Steve Kerr and Warriors expect him to sign contract extension next summer

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Steve Kerr could coach Golden State as long as he wanted. Kerr appears healthier after complications from back surgery cost him games the last two seasons.

So, this isn’t much of a surprise.

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

Steve Kerr and Warriors management held preliminary contract extension talks last summer, but Kerr tabled final discussions until next summer to make sure he felt healthy enough to make a long-term commitment, Kerr told The Athletic on Sunday evening.

Kerr and general manager Bob Myers held the initial talks — and Kerr, Myers and Warriors owner Joe Lacob all told The Athletic on Sunday that they fully expect that Kerr will sign an extension next summer.

Without ever coaching a game, Kerr drew a five-year, $25 million contract in 2014. He has since won two championships in three years, implemented a trend-setting offense and pushed an improving defense to an elite level. Sure, it’s easier with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, but Kerr has done a masterful job maximizing those stars. And don’t underestimate how much Kerr contributed to building the environment that lured Durant in the first place.

If he pushes for it, Kerr could draw eye-popping compensation next summer.