OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects the fast negotiations to sign once again the two-time MVP of NBA Finals Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr.
Durant could sign for four years and approximately $ 160 million, and Myers is prepared to give him "whatever he wants". Durant has said all the time that he wants to stay, especially after winning a pair of championships in his first two seasons with Golden State.
"Sometimes you do not negotiate, I'd love to have it for 10 years, Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us great service," said Myers. "He has earned the right to sign any deal he wants, I just want him to sign a deal, but [I] he wants me to be happy and he wants me to know that we want him to be here while he wants to be here, to delineate the terms. Doing what you want, that should not be a long negotiation, our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so those are the pieces of the puzzle we have to try to find out. "
Kerr has one year left in his original five year contract, so he would receive an extension of several years. Kerr wants to train Golden State long term, maybe for another decade if he can. Do not expect any difficulty to reach an agreement.
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"We will do it fast," he said. "I do not think it's much."
Myers wants to keep intact most of the core of the two defending champions while realizing that the Warriors will be a younger team without the same presence of veterans as the group that swept LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers in the final on Friday. Working to extend the contracts of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could be discussed as well.
"Sure, the guys have shown they can win, so you want to keep that group together," Myers said. "I have no idea how it's going to work, there are a lot of different conversations that have to take place, and if that's something we want to investigate, I'm sure we could have them." Klay will have another year, we have two more. free where we have to concentrate. "
After a regular season that was not stable, with Stephen Curry limited by injuries to 51 games of regular season, the four All-Stars in the same time for health reasons and a stretch of losing seven of 10 at the end of the season, the Warriors will once again stage a victory parade in downtown Oakland, the third in four years.
Kerr remained healthy and on the bench while continuing to deal with the symptoms arising from a couple of back surgeries after the 2015 title.
"I am sure that if you are close to our players and talk to them, they do not notice that, they love to play for him, and they love to go through this trip with him, "Myers said of Kerr.
Reservation key David West is contemplating retirement. He told Kerr and Myers during the exit interviews that it will take time to decide.
West said after the title that the team went through things behind the scenes that would be surprising if revealed.
"Not knowing if something would really blow you away, but it was a difficult season, and there were many times when it got harder," Kerr said. "I did not think it was something unusual, given the state of our team, what we have gone through and the duration of this trip." Nothing for me was so shocking, but yes, we went through some things … Without a doubt, this was the hardest of the four [years]. "
Myers played down any tension or turmoil that took place in private.
"Certain challenges, some were obvious, others were not," he said.
Kerr plans to take things slowly during the next few months and not work hard while Myers handles the contracts and the money, and Willie Green badumes the duties of summer league coach.
The success of the Warriors has been on the four-year stretch since he became a coach before the 2014-15 season.
"I could never have imagined this, I know that when I took this job, I thought we could be really good," Kerr said. . "I could never have dreamed of three titles in four years, it's amazing to be part of the group and the organization"