There was plenty of movement on the NBA coaching front Tuesday afternoon, and much of it had an impact on the Knicks.
The TNT broadcaster also happens to be the Knicks’ top coaching candidate.
So should Knicks fans in favor of the Kerr hire be worried about Golden State swooping in to sign him? Sure. But not overly worried.
A source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne that they would be "shocked" if he ended up anywhere but in New York.
The negotiations between Kerr and the Knicks have been in "the final stages" for at least a week, the source said. Both Kerr and Jackson are busy with other matters at the moment, which is the reason for the delay in finalizing a deal.
There is no timetable to finalize the Kerr hire, the source said.
A source told ESPN New York earlier Tuesday that Golden State remains aware that the Knicks have an advantage in the pursuit of Kerr because of Jackson's relationship with him. Kerr won three titles playing for Jackson in Chicago, and the two men remain close.
Golden State first talked to Kerr last week after it decided to fire Mark Jackson. But the Warriors ultimately cooled on Kerr, feeling that they had a better chance to hire Van Gundy. With Van Gundy now on the verge of accepting an offer to coach and serve as president of basketball operations for the Pistons, the Warriors are going to make another run at Kerr, the source confirmed to ESPN New York.
Yahoo! Sports reported that the Warriors were headed to Oklahoma City to meet face to face with Kerr on Tuesday and also first reported the Warriors’ renewed interest in Kerr.
The Warriors have an edge over the Knicks based on location. Working for Golden State would allow Kerr the opportunity to be closer to his San Diego-based family. The Warriors are also coming off of a 51-win season.
But, as has been the case all along, Kerr’s relationship with New York is expected to trump the lure of working close to home.
A league source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor last week that Kerr's respect for Jackson outweighed the lure of taking the Golden State job.
"Unless something changes," the source said, "the relationship with Jackson is a very big part of this, and that's the way it looks like it will go."
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