The Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr announced today that he will not be returning as general manager of the Phoenix Suns for the 2010-2011 NBA season.
Despite the surprisingly great season the Phoenix Suns had, Steve Kerr has decided to not return as Suns’ GM and president of basketball operations.
Kerr told The Associated Press on Tuesday, June 15, that his decision to not return was solely his and not the result of any disagreements with Suns owner Robert Sarver. Kerr said he is “exploring a couple of possibilities” to return to television work.
Kerr was a TNT color commentator for NBA telecasts for four years before he was hired as the Suns general manager three years ago.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Kerr expressed that at times he longed for the simpler days of television broadcasting.
“There were many nights where I thought, ‘Man, I should have just sat there with a microphone in my hand,’” he said at the time. “It was a much better life.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s a big surprise,” Suns Owner Robert Sarver told The Arizona Republic. “Television is what he did before he came on board. It’s a change of plans from during the season. It boiled down to a number of things, including lifestyle and the opportunity. I was hoping to have him back.”
Sarver also told the newspaper that contract negotiations played only a small part, if any, in Kerr’s decision to leave.
“It’s definitely been an interesting three years for both of us and the organization,” Sarver said. “Overall, I think he did a very good job to put us on solid ground with players and coaches, getting a defensive emphasis and got the ground laid on teamwork and chemistry. We’re in a pretty good spot moving forward, and a lot of it has to do with moves he’s made. There were some good moves and bad moves, which goes with the job. But overall, I think he’s done a very good job.”
Despite what Sarver says, a source told ESPN that Kerr’s decision has to do with him feeling unable to adequately do the job with the financial limitations imposed by Sarver.
Steve Kerr’s contract expires at the end of June. He was expected to work out a new deal with Sarver and renew his contract.
This change could affect the outcome of the Suns’ potential free agents Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye. Click here for more information about 2010 NBA Free Agents.