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Warriors announce Steve Kerr’s contract extension

SF Gate logo SF Gate 7/18/2018 By Connor Letourneau

Steve Kerr wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors smiles before the team's 2018 NBA Summer League game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors smiles before the team's 2018 NBA Summer League game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Head coach Steve Kerr has signed a contract extension with the Warriors, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Golden State didn’t release terms of the deal, but Kerr will reportedly be one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.

"We’re excited to have Steve under contract and poised to lead our team for the next several years," general manager Bob Myers said in a news release. "Under his guidance, we’ve been fortunate enough to win three NBA titles in four years and his ability to thrive in all facets of his job is certainly a primary reason for our success. He’s a terrific coach, but more importantly an incredible human being."

Kerr and Golden State began to discuss an extension last summer, but Kerr opted to wait a year for final discussions to be sure he was healthy enough to make a long-term commitment. It wasn’t until he coached every game in the Warriors’ run to the 2017-18 NBA championship that Kerr was ready to sign an extension.

Kerr, 52, rebuffed an offer from the Knicks in May 2014 and signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Warriors. In four seasons at the helm, Kerr has led Golden State to three NBA titles, four NBA Finals and 265 regular-season wins.

He underwent back surgery in July 2015, weeks after Golden State won the 2014-15 NBA championship. The surgery triggered a fluid leak in his spine, which required a second surgery that September. Kerr appointed Luke Walton, in just his second season as an NBA assistant, as the Warriors’ interim head coach.

The team opened the 2015-16 season 39-4 under Walton, including an NBA-record 24-0 start, before Kerr returned. Kerr received official credit for the wins Walton oversaw, and was named NBA Coach of the Year that April. (Walton tied for eighth in the voting.)

During the 2016-17 season, Kerr’s pain was serious enough for him to step away from the bench before Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs in Portland. After acting head coach Mike Brown guided the team to 11 straight wins, Kerr returned to the sideline before Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Some touted his coaching job in 2017-18 as perhaps his best yet. To motivate a group trying to play deep into June for the fourth consecutive year, he got creative, ultimately helping ensure that Golden State played its best basketball in the playoffs. The Warriors became the ninth team in NBA history to get a Finals sweep.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron

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