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Warriors finalize deal with new coach Steve Kerr

The Golden State Warriors finalized an agreement for Steve Kerr to become their new head coach, the team announced Monday.

Kerr, who signed a five-year contract that including incentives could be worth about $25million, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday in Oakland.

"We are confident that he will be an extremely good fit for our team and our organization as we venture into the future," general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "The fact that he played for several of the greatest coaches in the history of the game -- including Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich -- will serve him well, as will the many nuances that he learned from performing on the brightest stage during his incredibly successful, championship-filled career."

Kerr, 48, comes to Golden State without any coaching experience and straight out of the broadcast booth. He is scheduled to continue working as a TNT analyst and cover each Western Conference finals game before starting full time with the Warriors.

The Warriors reached an agreement in principle with Kerr on Wednesday, eight days after firing Mark Jackson, who led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances and was popular with its players. Jackson rejoined ESPN-ABC as an NBA television analyst in time to help call the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers game on Sunday.

Since Stephen Curry has shown support for the Warriors' hiring Kerr, other teammates have done the same.

Harrison Barnes posted on Facebook that he was "looking forward to working with Steve," and also Friday, Draymond Green expressed similar sentiments on CBS Sports Radio.

"A team that really has some really good offensive pieces, I think he could really bring something to the table here," Green said. "Just bringing a championship pedigree, who doesn't want to listen to a champion?

"So I don't think it's going to take much (to earn respect)."

The Warriors persuaded Kerr to coach on the West Coast after he strongly considered accepting the New York Knicks' coaching position to work with former mentor Jackson.

After a team of Warriors executives flew to Oklahoma City last week to meet with Kerr, a San Diego resident, he decided to take the job that allowed him to stay close to family and work with players who have grown accustomed to winning.

"I'm really excited about the unique opportunity to coach a very talented team and work for this committed management group," Kerr said in a statement. "In my estimation, the Warriors, from top to bottom, have become one of the marquee organizations in the NBA in recent years. I'm looking forward to becoming part of that environment and building upon the success of the last two seasons."

-- Center Andrew Bogut, who missed the postseason recovering from a rib that was fractured April13, hopes he will soon be cleared to resume training.

"Two more weeks, I should be good to get back out there," Bogut told an Australian television show.

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