The Day After, What's Next For Kerr, Suns

The day after Steve Kerr’s surprising departure as GM for Suns, Planet Orange mills about in dazed confusion. Paul Coro, Sun’s beat writer for AZRepublic, helps clear up the situation:

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.

Where do the Suns go from here?

Internal candidates will be considered, but Kerr’s No. 2 man in basketball operations, Senior Vice President and 18-year Suns staffer David Griffin, also has a contract that expires June 30. A national search is expected to include Dennis Lindsey, the San Antonio assistant GM who was Minnesota’s top GM candidate last year before withdrawing.

Kerr will keep a Suns ownership stake and hopes to return to the NBA as a GM or coach.

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