Sam SpiegelmanThe Knicks are not letting Steve Kerr walk away from their head coaching job.
The team improved its offer to Kerr, adding a guaranteed fourth season to the deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Per the report, New York had been holding firm on a deal that included three guaranteed years and a team option for a fourth. But the team caved to Kerr’s wishes late Tuesday, when it was reported the Golden State Warriors were going to make one last push for him.
Per Yahoo! Sports:
Within the Knicks organization, there was a sense a deal with Kerr wouldn’t get done until the organization met that concession. For a franchise that has long shown little inhibition in delivering lucrative management and coaching contracts, this seems to be a far more restrained negotiation process on New York’s part.
Kerr is still reportedly deciding between the Knicks and the Warriors, though New York has remained the frontrunner throughout due to Kerr’s relationship with team president Phil Jackson. Golden State has the stronger roster to work with and is closer to Kerr’s California home.
The Warriors whiffed on Stan Van Gundy, who accepted a job as coach of the Detroit Pistons. They could be close to missing out on Kerr, too.