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Dubs in-depth: Assistant coach Jarron Collins leaving Warriors

Plus a rumor a involving Kelly Oubre Jr., and an Eastern Conference team having mutual interest.

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The Golden State Warriors coaching staff will look different next season. Assistant Jarron Collins is leaving the team to pursue head coaching or associate-head-coach opportunities.

Collins spoke with Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated and explained why he feels now is a good time to part ways with the organization.

“This is about myself and my own personal growth,” Collins told Spears. “I had a conversation with [head coach] Steve [Kerr] and the Warriors. I’ve been there seven years and coached Hall of Fame players. We’ve won championships. I learned so much. For me, this is about taking the next journey and next step in my career.

“Obviously, Steve Kerr is the head coach and Mike Brown is the lead assistant. It’s time for me to step out and see whatever opportunities are out there for me.”

The 42-year-old Collins was hired by the Dubs before the 2014-15 season as a player-development coach. In Collins’ first year with the team, the Warriors won 67 games and claimed their first of three championships in a four-year span.

Kerr promoted Collins to an assistant coach prior to the 73-win 2015-16 campaign. Collins served as the staff’s defensive coordinator over the past two seasons. Golden State’s defense improved during the course of last season.

After struggling for the early part of the schedule, the Dubs turned things around defensively. The Warriors finished the season ranking third in opponents’ field goal percentage and fifth in defensive rating.

Collins has interviewed for head coaching gigs the past three years but was ultimately passed over by the Atlanta Hawks (2018), Memphis Grizzlies (2019 and the Chicago Bulls last year.

Kerr issued a statement to The Undefeated acknowledging Collins’ contributions to the organization over the past seven seasons.

“I’m going to really miss Jarron, both personally and professionally,” Kerr said. “He’s an excellent coach and a wonderful human being. It’s going to be different without him around, but he deserves the chance to continue his growth with the goal of ultimately becoming a head coach in the NBA. Jarron has all the skills necessary. He’s a great teacher and communicator, he’s smart and funny, and he knows the game.”

The Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic are the three NBA teams with current openings for their head coaching jobs.

Collins played 10 seasons in the NBA and averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds over 542 games.

On to some links:

Soon-to-be free-agent Kelly Oubre Jr. reportedly has mutual interest with an Eastern Conference team. The New York Post’s Marc Berman says the New York Knicks could be a potential landing spot for the 25-year-old forward.

General manager Bob Myers has another big offseason ahead of him. Patrick Murray of Forbes looks at five big questions facing the Warriors before next season.

Mychal Mulder showed he could be a meaningful contributor at the NBA level. Kendra Andrews of NBC Bay Area reviews Mulder’s season and wonders if he is back with the Dubs next year.