Coach working on revamped deal that would keep him on bench next season
By Geoff Lepper
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Article Last Updated: 07/31/2007 08:20:38 PM PDT
Warriors officials have said all along that they expect Don Nelson to be back on Golden State's bench for the 2007-08 season. Tuesday, it looked as though they had good reason for such optimism.
Representatives for the team and Nelson met Tuesday to discuss revamping the coach's contract, a person with knowledge of the discussions said, and signs are good for the return of the 67-year-old coach, who was obviously worn down by the end of last season.
Nelson declined to comment in depth on the situation, and messages left with Warriors officials were not returned.
Nelson has two years remaining on the deal he signed in August 2006, with a base salary of $3.1 million per season. The coach also can earn up to $3 million in playoff-based incentives -- he pulled down $2 million last season when the Warriors reached the Western Conference semifinals -- and the negotiations center on guaranteeing those bonuses.
As the situation, which Nelson originally hoped to have resolved a month ago, has dragged on, Warriors players are watching intently.
"It's taking some time, man. Coach means a lot to this organization. He's the leader of this team," said point guard Baron Davis, who remains optimistic Nelson will come back.
If Nelson were not to return, it would be a major upheaval for the team, Davis said. "We're going to have to reconfigure everything."
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