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.
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 Media Group before Myers moved into the Warriors' front office two years ago.
Jackson, who doubles as an ordained minister, has said all along that his contract situation will ''work itself out.''
''I trust in God. I'm in the best hands possible, and I don't mean Arn Tellem,'' he quipped after the season ended in May.
Jackson's job certainly seems secure.
He took the Warriors from a 23-43 rec...