Steve Kerr Steps Down as Suns GM

by June 15, 2010
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Following a highly successful (and somewhat, unexpected) Playoff run, Kerr is shockingly stepping down as team GM. According to the Arizona Republic, Steve will return to TV work: “Steve Kerr will not return as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Kerr’s contract expires June 30 but he had been expecting and hoping to return until negotiations for his contract and an opportunity to return to television as a NBA commentator prompted him to leave the organization after three years as its GM. Kerr could not be reached for comment. Kerr previously worked as a game analyst for TNT, who just lost lead commentator Doug Collins when he become head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Kerr, 44, became part of the Suns’ leadership in 2004 when Sarver was looking to buy a franchise. University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson introduced them and Kerr facilitated a meeting with NBA Commissioner David Stern that led to Sarver’s ownership group buying the Suns. Kerr became a minority owner and trusted advisor for Sarver, who eventually turned to him to become GM after Bryan Colangelo and coach Mike D’Antoni first held the job under Sarver.”