Did Steve Kerr Just Pull A Costanza?


So, as I imagine you’ve heard by now, Steve Kerr is done as Suns GM at the end of this month.  You can get all the news here if you want, but I don’t imagine you showed up here at Señor Sun-N-Gun’s place to get some news, did you?  If you did, I imagine you’re pretty regularly disappointed.

Anyway, so Kerr’s decided he’s out.  Now, there are many possible reasons for this decision.  Let’s check out a couple of ‘em, starting with the man’s own words:

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided this is the right time for me to move on both professionally and personally.

Ok, so that’s Kerr’s official reason.  I think there’s probably some truth to the first part of that.  I mean, Kerr doesn’t even live in Phoenix.  He and his family live in Cali and he commutes.  His oldest kid is in high school, so I buy that he wants to have more time with his family.  But he wasn’t done yet:

The past three years have been exceptional for me.

Fair enough.  He was sort of a surprise hire, was pretty much reviled throughout the Phoenix area for doing lots of stupid things to the Suns, but then the Suns started winning and the new conventional wisdom is that he’s done a good job.  I’d say that’s fairly exceptional.

The work and dedication of everyone with the organization is tremendous…

I’m sure that’s true.  It seems like there are plenty of decent Suns employees…at least on the Twitter anyway.

…and I appreciate the passion and commitment that Robert Sarver has for the Phoenix Suns and creating a perennial winner.

I imagine it was hard not to laugh while saying that, especially given the news that part of the reason Kerr decided to leave is that Sarver told him he wanted him to take a pay cut.  Good move, Bob.

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.

Ok, now this is where things start to get interesting.  Because hey–if this team, as currently constructed, was coming back whole next year, I’d agree with that statement wholeheartedly.  But.

As you may also be aware, one of the Suns’ top players, a Mr. Amar’e Stoudemire, is on the verge of opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent.  He wants the max.  Two of this season’s prominent supporting players, Channing Frye and Lou Amundson, are free agents as well.  The Suns don’t have a first-round draft pick, and there are big questions about what they’re going to do with Leandro Barbosa–whether they’re going to keep him or do whatever they can to get rid of his contract.

That’s a lot of stuff right there–and that’s not to mention the talking job that just came up what with Doug Collins headed off to ruin the 76ers and all.  Does anyone find it outside the realm of possibility that Sarver said something like…

“Ok, Steve, here’s the deal.  Your contract’s up.  Look, you’ve done a great job.  But I can’t afford to continue paying you the exorbitant sum I’ve been paying you.  So you’re gonna need to take a small paycut of only 47-or-so-percent.  Also, I’ve decided that we’re not going to be able to re-sign Amar’e.  We’re either going to let him go or sign-and-trade him to the Knicks–I hear they’ve still got Eddy Curry’s Expiring Contract on their roster.  Maybe we can get Marbury back, too.  People seemed to like him and he’s gotta be cheap too.  Now, don’t think this will change my expectation that we win a championship RIGHT NOW.  So are you in?”

I imagine Kerr thought about it for a good 11 seconds or so, then decided that he, like George Costanza, was going to get out on a high note.