Warriors general manager Bob Myers, like most executives, doesn’t talk trade-possibility specifics. But he surely realizes that when Curry, Thompson and Green are off the floor, scoring comes with considerable toil and strife. The front office is studying the trade market, because if Speights can’t find his form, and soon, the Warriors will seek out another stretch four, somebody Walton or Kerr can call when they need a scoring punch.
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In fact, if the team stumbles out of the gate and/or Ibaka isn’t contributing as advertised, the Magic would even have to consider listening to trade offers for him at the deadline. This scenario has to be in the back of Hennigan’s mind anyway, for no other reason than you don’t want Ibaka walking away without compensation. His contract situation will frame the season. The Magic absolutely have gambled on Ibaka, who can become one of the more desirable free agents this summer. The club believed Serge when he told them he was genuinely interested in re-signing with them before they acquired him on draft day.
Gay won’t be the most popular King when opening night rolls around. After quietly asking to be moved during the offseason, Gay made it clear last week that he will opt out of his contract next summer, although he did leave a small window to return to Sacramento. “Personally, I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said. “Whether I sign here, whether I play the rest of the season, whether I even start here, it’s really not up to me. But wherever I am, I’m going to play to the best of my ability and try and do what I can.”
There was a time when Lawson was considered a frontline NBA guard, but he is now left trying to rebuild his reputation on a one-year, veteran minimum deal in Sacramento. “It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess,” Lawson told CSN California. “Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am. (They’re) just going off what other people say. It’s kind of tough dealing with that.”
Last year, Burke didn’t start in a single game. “Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route,” Burke told reporters in a media day scrum. “I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me.”
In a league that is 75 percent black, there is now only one African-American general manager, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Dell Demps, while the Toronto Raptors’ general manager is Nigerian Masai Ujiri. Newton now joins an esteemed short list of black former NBA general managers who haven’t returned to the position, including 2003 NBA Executive of the Year Joe Dumars, Rod Higgins, Billy King and Billy Knight. Newton and King were fired last season from the Wolves and Brooklyn Nets, respectively. “I would be naïve to think that it’s not a problem,” said Newton, on the lack of black general managers in the league. “At the end of the day, I don’t want to concern myself with that. I know it’s difficult for us African-Americans to have opportunities to interview for these jobs, to have opportunities to be part of these management teams.”
“A former GM who was successful and who once told me some years ago when I asked him, ‘Why is it difficult for minorities to get interviews for the top jobs?’ He told me that we have to be in a position where we can talk to owners,” he said. “They can sit down with us. Maybe have a beer with us. Get to know us to see that we’re capable and see that I can have a beer with this guy and relate to this guy. “Those opportunities are few and far in-between. It’s very rare for a final decision-maker to feel comfortable that a person not like them is capable of running their team.”