Steve Kerr Steps Down (Fired?) as Phoenix Suns GM

| by Off The Record

Former three-point guru Steve Kerr will not return to the Phoenix Suns next year as president of basketball operations and general manager. Suns managing partner Robert Sarver said that Kerr’s contract was up on June 30th and he had an opportunity to return to television as an NBA commentator.

Do the jobs of general manager and television commentator really come with the same pay check? We doubt it.

“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided this is the right time for me to move on both professionally and personally,” Kerr said. “The past three years have been exceptional for me. The work and dedication of everyone with the organization is tremendous and I appreciate the passion and commitment that Robert Sarver has for the Phoenix Suns and creating a perennial winner. I feel the team is well poised for the future, with strong leadership both on the roster and in the front office, and a good mix of veterans and young talent that will continue to grow together and succeed at the highest level.”

Sources tell the Arizona Republic conflicting stories on whether or not Kerr was asked to take a pay cut.

Of bigger importance right now is the fact that Kerr’s departure could affect whether or not the team is able to re-sign free agent Amare Stoudemire. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski thinks that this will be a problem.

“Kerr departure could have dramatically negative impact on ability to re-sign Amar’e, sources say. Suns star had gained strong belief in him,” he tweets.

That remains to be seen, but if it’s true it could be the beginning of the end in terms of dismantling the Suns franchise.