The Warriors announced Tuesday that former New Orleans assistant coach Mike Malone will join new head coach Mark Jackson as the team's top assistant, meaning most of the key components on the bench and in the front office are set.
The hirings of Jackson and Malone, both of whom will have three-year contracts, end a six-week search. Additions to the front office include the legendary Jerry West as a consultant and former agent Bob Myers as an assistant to general manager Larry Riley.
"Wow," Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said via a text message, addressing the coaching hires. "I like it."
Jackson, an analyst for ESPN/ABC, was very enthusiastic while speaking before Game 4 of the NBA finals Tuesday. He said to "put it in bold letters" that the Warriors are going to be a playoff team next season. He said he wouldn't have taken the job if that wasn't his anticipation.
And Jackson expects Golden State, which has been to the playoffs only once since 1994, to do more than just get there.
The Warriors conducted a thorough search before choosing Jackson on Monday, then reaching agreement with Malone a few hours later.
They interviewed former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and Dallas assistant Dwane Casey. Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and San Antonio assistant Mike Budenholzer also spoke with the Warriors' brass.
One team source confirmed reports that Brown, who was hired by the Lakers, was high on the Warriors'
But in the end, the Warriors' front office was sold on Jackson.
"Great day to be a Golden State Warrior fan," tweeted TNT analyst Reggie Miller, a teammate of Jackson's in Indiana. "Fasten your seat belt people."
The reaction to Jackson, who played 17 seasons in the NBA, has been predominantly positive, though it hasn't gone without notice that he has zero coaching experience.
That's where Malone comes in. Malone, 40, has been an assistant for the past eight years in New York, Cleveland and New Orleans and is the son of longtime NBA assistant Brendan Malone, who is now with the Orlando Magic. Mike Malone is considered one of the league's bright young coaching talents. He figures to assist Jackson, 46, with the technical elements while the head coach provides the presence in the locker room and develops talent.
Now that the coaching hires are out of the way -- except for a couple more assistants -- the Warriors will turn their attention to the product on the court.
That probably is the reason rumors of a trade involving Warriors guard Monta Ellis and Philadelphia swingman Andre Iguodala have resurfaced. Multiple sources confirm the Warriors still have interest in Iguodala, but there is nothing substantial to the recent talks.
Though rumored trades are often long shots to materialize, the Warriors are banking on improving the team via the June 23 draft. They hold the No. 11 overall pick, and on Monday, they worked out Kansas forward Marcus Morris along with five others.
Word from inside the private workout is that Morris looked good but not outstanding. Morris, a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder, liked his showing.
"I didn't shoot it as well as I shot it at other places," he said. "But I think I did real well. "... I'm playing really well in the workouts. There's a little buzz that I'm better than advertised at Kansas. I'm a little better than they expected."
Morris is considered one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft. He has been compared to David West and Al Harrington. Morris said as a small forward, his game resembles Paul Pierce. At power forward, he's "more of a Carmelo Anthony-Antawn Jamison mix."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.