Steve Kerr hoping Kevon Looney’s next contract will reflect his value to the Dubs
With all the superstar power on his team, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr still never fails to give credit to his role players. Fourth-year big man Kevon Looney was the most recent recipient of Kerr’s high praise, with the latter stating how he hopes the 22-year-old secures a big money deal in the summer.
Steve Kerr again said that he sees Kevon Looney as a cornerstone of the franchise going forward. “I hope his next contract reflects that.”
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 25, 2019
Looney is currently on a $1.5 million one-year deal with the Dubs which will expire in the offseason. As Kerr implied, he believes that it would be in the team’s best interest to sign the 6-foot-9 big man to an extension this summer. The three-time NBA champion coach also thinks that Looney’s contract must be indicative of how much value he is able to bring to the table for the Warriors.
Looney has stepped his game up for the Dubs of late, following the injury of starting center DeMarcus Cousins. In the four-game series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Looney played a pivotal role off the Warriors bench, averaging 11.3 points (on an astounding 83.3 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.0 blocks, and just 0.3 turnovers in 28.6 quality minutes per ballgame.
There is some hope that Cousins is able to make a comeback for the Finals against the Toronto Raptors, but in truth, the Dubs have been coping well without him on the floor. This is thanks in large part to Looney’s amazing play, and with Kerr’s recent comments here, we should expect more of the same from the former UCLA standout in the Finals series.