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Sources: Kerr's extension will 'at least double' current $5 million salary

Sources: Kerr's extension will 'at least double' current $5 million salary

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr’s value to the Warriors goes beyond game planning or organizing practices or knowing when and when not to call a timeout.

Kerr has established, and continues to foster, a culture in which everyone in the building feels valued. Every successful organization has a hub, someone with whom everyone is comfortable, and within this franchise Kerr shares that distinction with general manager Bob Myers.

The absence of either man would have seismic implications, and no one knows that better than Warriors CEO Joe Lacob.

So two years after gracing Myers with the additional title of “president,” CEO Joe Lacob has presented Kerr with trailer full of cash that, according to league sources, will at least double the $5 million-per-year average of the five-year contract Kerr signed in May 2014.

The new agreement fell into place Friday, according to multiple league sources, with Kerr’s signature to come in a matter of minutes or hours or, at the longest, days. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

The length of the extension has not been confirmed, but a league source previously indicated an additional three years had been discussed.

Though Kerr knew he wanted to coach beyond his current pact, which expires next spring, he also sought to get a better sense of his health. He continues to grapple with general discomfort and other symptoms related to multiple back surgeries three years ago.

Kerr recently said he feels much better than he did a year ago -- he took a six-week leave of absence in April 2017 -- but acknowledges there are activities, such as golf, from which he continues to be restricted.

Through it all, the Warriors had no concerns whatsoever. They’ve won three championships in four seasons under Kerr, whose skillful navigation of a loaded roster -- which includes healthy egos, despite the perception -- is a testament to his gift for for the human touch.

Coaching in the NBA is more about managing individuals than drawing up plays, a task most of the players in the league are capable of completing. Kerr is not a perfect coach, and is to first to admit it, but nobody on an NBA bench better combines basketball background, adroit communication, awareness of work-live balance and unassuming nature.

The word from the front office, from Lacob and Myers, has been consistent for more than a year. Moreover, it has been in complete harmony with the desires of Kerr. This is what all parties have wanted since last spring.

Health permitting, Kerr is obligated to be on the job for a few more years, largely due to the team winning at a record rate, but no less because nobody in the organization cares to visualize being without him.

Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

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Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

It's mid-August and we are all bored right now.

We want the NBA regular season to arrive.

But since we can't speed the calendar up, we have to settle for some fun Twitter banter.

This time, it involved Andre Iguodala, Brandon Jennings and CJ McCollum.

It all started on Tuesday night when Jennings tweeted his Top 5 shooting guards ever, and Iguodala responded:

This led to a back-and-forth, and the following explanation:

Then on Wednesday morning, McCollum was back in the headlines (you can read about that here) -- which led to him tweeting:

Iguodala saw this tweet and assumed the four Hall of Famers McCollum was referencing were Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Iguodala assumed correctly.

Fun stuff!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

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Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

If you are alive and love basketball, you have an opinion about DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Warriors.

On Wednesday morning, Rockets GM Daryl Morey shared his thoughts:

"I was really curious. Bob (Myers) is really good at his job. He likes to take smart gambles like I do, so I understood the move," Morey said on The Dan Patrick Show. "But it's gonna be interesting. Coach Kerr is one of the best, too. It's a little scary. They'll probably figure out how to make it work, but it's a little bit hard on paper to figure out how to make it work.

"But we do that well and so do they. They're gonna be a tough out again, obviously. They're arguably the best team in NBA history. They're on their path to maybe be able to make that argument."

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It is fair to assume there will be some bumps along the way when it comes to assimilating Cousins.

If everybody is healthy and available, who closes games? If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are automatically on the floor during crunch time, that means either Andre Iguodala or Cousins will close the game on the bench.

It will be a balancing act for Kerr and the coaching staff...

The Warriors host the Rockets on Jan. 3 and Feb. 23 and play in Houston on Nov. 15 and March 13.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller