The Warriors are reportedly “preparing” for a possible split with President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers.
Shams El Shaaranieh and Anthony Slater from The Athletic It reported Wednesday, citing sources, that the Warriors “haven’t been in substantive contract extension talks for months and that both sides are preparing for the possibility of Myers’ withdrawal from the franchise.”
Myers’ contract expires June 30.
The Athletic also reported that “a competitive market offer – near the top of the executive food chain” may not be enough to persuade Myers to sign an extension.
The 48-year-old has led the Warriors’ front office since he was promoted to general manager in 2012. Since then, the Warriors have made nine playoff appearances, advanced to six NBA Finals and won four championships. Myers is also one of 11 general managers in NBA history to win multiple CEO of the Year awards, doing so in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
Among the many notable moves Myers made over a decade with the Warriors, he hired head coach Steve Kerr, drafted Draymond Green, signed Klay Thompson and Steph Curry to contract extensions and lured Kevin Durant to the Bay Area in free agency.
Simply put, he’s the man behind the scenes of Dynasty Warriors.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Noah Curry, Green and Thompson have expressed hopes that Myers will return for more.
“Bob is an important part of our organization, not only as one of the faces of the organization who’s there at the NBA World Meeting with other executives and agents and represents us in that regard, but also with his relationships with our players,” Kerr said Tuesday at his end-of-season news conference. “He has such credibility with our guys.”
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday, citing sources, that Myers is “torn” about the decision and plans to make up his mind in the next few weeks.
The Warriors are going into a great season this summer. Draymond Green could decline his player option for the 2023-24 NBA season and seek a new deal or enter the open market. Klay Thompson has one year left on his deal. The Warriors also have plenty of questions about the youngsters on their roster in Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole, among others.
The search for a new leader in the front office, who would likely come internally if Myers leaves, will further complicate the prospects.
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