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Former New York Jets General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, now head of Priority Sports & Entertainment Coaches, Front Office & Broadcasters Division has landed client Steve Kerr the new head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is accepting a reported 5 year, $25M offer from the Warriors.
Kerr played in the NBA from 1988-2003 where he won a total of 5 NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. After Kerr’s 15 year stint in the league he became a broadcast analyst for TNT and then joined the Phoenix Suns front office as President and General Manager.
Questions regarding the legality of Tannenbaum’s representation of Kerr have surfaced due to Priority Sports & Entertainment representation of NBA players. According to the NBPA Regulations and Governing Player Agents, “To further effectuate the objectives of these Regulations players agents are prohibited from: Representing the General Manager or coach of any NBA team (or any other management representative who participates in the team’s deliberations or decision concerning what compensation is to be offered individual players) in matters pertaining to his employment or any other matters in which he has any financial stake by or association with any NBA team.” Tannenbaum has not violated any of the rules set forth by the NBPA, because while the agency he works for does also represent NBA players, he only provides services to coaches, front office personal, and broadcasters.