Kerr, who led the Warriors to win four league titles (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022) since taking over as coach of the team in 2014, will enter the final year of his contract when the 2023/2024 season ends at the end of October, which is his tenth with the club.
The coach, who will celebrate his 58th birthday on Wednesday, told reporters that he is comfortable about signing a new contract in the future, and is confident that he can reach an agreement with owner Joe Lacob and new general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr.
“I feel good to be here, and I want to stay here. I know Mike and Joe want me to stay here, so I’m very confident that something will get done. I’m not nervous about it at all,” Kerr said.
“As you know, I am fully capable of training whether I have one year remaining or it is extended. It makes no difference. But I fully expect to be here,” he added.
For his part, Dunleavy said that the Warriors could take their time to extend the contract of their coach Kerr and one of their stars, Klay Thompson, whose contract with the club expires next year.
“There is no real timetable in the near future that we have to adhere to, so we will continue to negotiate,” Dunleavy said. “But the main goal is to secure their survival, and I think they feel the same way. But we are optimistic, and I think we are in a good position.”
The Warriors, who were eliminated from the Western Conference semi-finals last season by the Los Angeles Lakers, strengthened their ranks by signing veteran Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul (38 years old).
Kerr said he had “four or five very useful conversations” with him this summer, adding: “I really like Chris because he likes phone calls, not texts. Chris is old school. He wants to talk.”
“Obviously we’ve had a lot of fights over the years. So I’m happy to coach him. He’s one of the greatest competitors I’ve ever seen,” he continued. “So I’m very excited to coach him and I know he’s really excited to be here.”
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