Steve Kerr sure is popular for a rookie coach. The New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers all consider him a "top candidate" to take over their respective vacant head coaching positions, via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
According to a league source, Warriors owner Joe Lacob wants to hire Kerr to replace Mark Jackson, who was fired on Tuesday following three successful seasons as Golden State's head coach. In fact, the Warriors wasted no time reaching out to Kerr, contacting him less than three hours after Jackson was dismissed. And a source maintains that the Warriors' job is Kerr's if he wants it.
The Knicks are still in play, but it is telling that Kerr — who met with [Phil] Jackson 11 days ago in New York — has not made a decision, and that by delaying, two attractive jobs have become available.
Lacob prefers Kerr to Stan Van Gundy, according to Isola, and Kerr reportedly is "concerned" about Knicks owner James Dolan's history of meddling.
Kerr's agent, Mike Tanenbaum, appeared on WFAN on Tuesday and said that, while Kerr is interested in New York, "there could be some other openings."
There was previously an expectation that Kerr would be talking about a contract with the Knicks by Monday, but that discussion has not yet taken place, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
While Kerr lives in San Diego and his daughter attends Cal-Berkeley -- and the Warriors roster is far more attractive than any of the other options -- ESPN's Marc Stein reported that he's still likely to leave the West Coast to join Phil Jackson and the Knicks.
"Steve feels a strong allegiance to Phil," a source told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "We'll see how things proceed."
The Utah Jazz are also trying to "wedge their way into the race," according to Stein. With their abundance of young talent and another high draft pick arriving in time for next season, they would actually make some sense, but there has not yet been any indication that Kerr is thinking about Utah.