Mark Jackson will not be a lame duck coach next season.
The Golden State Warriors picked up the option on Jackson's contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. While both sides could still work out a long-term extension this summer, exercising the option at least ensures Jackson won't enter the upcoming season with an expiring contract.
The Warriors also announced the hiring of 11-year NBA veteran Brian Scalabrine as an assistant coach and promoted Joe Boylan from video scout to assistant coach overseeing player development. Pete Myers, who is already on staff, is expected to be the lead assistant after Mike Malone left to be the Sacramento Kings' head coach.
Darren Erman and Jerry DeGregorio also remain on Jackson's staff.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said last month that he has had informal discussions with Jackson's agent, Arn Tellem, about an extension for the coach and didn't anticipate contentious negotiations. Tellem was Myers' long-time mentor at the Wasserman Me...