Bob Myers’ Warriors future appears uncertain as contract nears end
Report: Myers’ Future With Warriors Looks Uncertain Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Bob Myers is entering the final months of his contract as Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations. It expires in June. His future with the franchise would be increasingly murky.
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Marcus Thompson II and Sam Amick reported on Wednesday, citing sources, that people around Myers are “wondering if – and even predicting that – his days with the Warriors are about to run out.” .
Golden State’s two-part plan is one of the reasons Myers’ future seems to be in doubt. As the window to win championships with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green draws to a close, Warriors owner Joe Lacob has doubled and tripled his preference to win simultaneously with these stars while developing the future of the franchise, rather than going all-in. on winning the championships in the coming seasons.
“Sources say Lacob is more involved than ever in day-to-day staff choices,” The Athletic reported. “He studies the draft, attends practices and makes big boards. He was influential in the franchise’s choice to use its recent five picks on rising teens instead of redirecting some of that capital to older, reliable help to maximize the present.”
Curry, who is under contract through the 2025-26 NBA season, “would have been increasingly vocal about his prospect of winning now” as Golden State limped to a 23-24 start for their championship repeat effort.
Thompson is expected to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2024, though it’s likely he’ll be a lifelong warrior. Green could decline his player option for next season and hit the open market this summer.
Does Myers want to stick around to see the dynasty he built come crashing down? Or would he rather pursue other opportunities in basketball or elsewhere?
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“We love Bob and hope he’s here for a long time,” Lacob told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski in December when reports emerged that contract talks between the Warriors and Myers had stalled.
Despite all the uncertainty around the team, Myers said he believes in the ability of the 2022-23 Warriors to win another championship.
“The thing I said last year about this band was, let them try to win it all until someone proves them wrong or knocks them out,” Myers told Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin and Festus Ezeli during “Warriors Pregame Live” on Jan. 5. “And so it’s the same this year, through all the ups and downs, roller coaster season, it’s be healthy and let’s see someone beat these guys.”
Myers arrived in the Bay Area as assistant general manager for the Warriors under Larry Riley in 2011. He was promoted to general manager the following year and added president of basketball operations to his title in 2016.
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Myers was the man behind the deals that led the Warriors to four championships in eight years, including his acquisitions of Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Andrew Wiggins.
Losing Myers would be a devastating loss for the Warriors whether or not they decide to continue down the two-timeline path or make a splash over the next few years to make the most of Curry’s final years in the NBA.
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