NBA Rumors: Warriors, Stan Van Gundy Nearing A Deal

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Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have been without a head coach for about a week, but it doesn’t appear that vacancy will last much longer.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that talks between the Warriors and Stan Van Gundy are “intensifying.” Van Gundy, who has emerged as the clear front-runner for the job, is close to signing a deal.

Van Gundy has jumped to the forefront after it appears TNT analyst Steve Kerr is leaning toward accepting the New York Knicks’ job. Kerr reportedly had interest in the job, given his strong relationships with Warriors owner Joe Lacob and president Rick Welts.

But the team grew increasingly pessimistic about their chances of luring Kerr to the Bay Area, and according to Yahoo! Sports, Golden State had not had “serious talks” with Kerr in days.

As expected, Van Gundy gained an edge with the rumors Kerr was considering rejecting the Warriors’ job. Over the weekend, ESPN reported Van Gundy underwent his first formal interview with the team and was the “closest thing” to being its top target.

Van Gundy has not coached in the NBA since being fired by the Orlando Magic after the 2011-12 season. One of the best defensive-minded coaches, he also thrived in his in ability to give 3-point shooters opportunities around center Dwight Howard. He could potentially do the same with sharp-shooters in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Chicago Bulls coach Tim Thobodeau, Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and Lionel Hollins were also among the candidates expected to be in play for the job.

Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker covering sports in New Orleans. He likes Game of Thrones way too much. Tweet him @samspiegs.