Marc J. Spears: Golden State general manager Bob Myers wins the 2017 NBA Executive of the Year award.
An official announcement is not expected until next week, another executive said, possibly as early as Monday. “Obviously, it’s attractive to him because he lives in the Los Angeles area and started his career as a player in L.A. with the Lakers,” one executive said. “This is the place for him to go because he’s looking for things to do still. He’s looking for another challenge.” Even after West met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, on May 30 at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista, the executives said West “twice changed his mind” before deciding Wednesday that he wanted to join the Clippers.
"(Myers) doesn't get the credit he deserves," Green said. "That's been on my mind a lot for a long time. At the end of the day, you look at the work that he's done with this team, this team had never won before he got here (in April 2011), and he has put together a great team that's put together two championships in three years. It's about God damn time he got some credit for it."
After six years as a special consultant, Jerry West is leaving the Golden State Warriors to take a similar job with the Los Angeles Clippers, SI.com has learned. West, who turned 79 as the NBA Finals began, made his decision over the last couple of weeks.
But recently, West himself told friends that he wondered whether Myers really needed his input much any more — that Myers had grown so much in the position, West’s voice maybe would be more valuable somewhere else. West pushed for Myers to get the promotion to team president and a large raise last summer, but pointedly West did not get an extension at the same time — their previous extensions had been relatively simultaneous.
Kevin Durant probably was going to sign with the Warriors last July even if he didn’t get a last-minute phone call from West, but Durant taking that call was an indicator that he wanted to talk to a league legend, who happened to be affiliated with the Warriors, and that Durant was ready to sign on.
Tim Kawakami: I asked Joe Lacob last night if he'll offer Steph Curry the super-max: "We're going to do whatever it takes to keep Steph here and happy."
Tim Kawakami: More Lacob on Curry: "I know he wants to be here and we want him here. I do not anticipate any issues with him staying."
Can you give an update on your talks with the Clippers and your future with the Warriors? Jerry West: I don’t have any update on that. I’ve got a decision to make. I don’t know what that decision is going to be. I don’t really want to talk about it.
He does have permission to talk to other teams? Myers: Yeah. Jerry does what Jerry wants to do. Who are we to deny Jerry permission? (Smiles.) But did the Clippers officially request permission and you granted it? Myers: Yeah. It’s all above-board stuff. Like I said, we’ll deal with all of it when the season’s over. It’s not fair to talk about it–I don’t think he wants it to be discussed now, either, so I’m going to honor that…
What are your thoughts on Travis Schlenk leaving to take the Atlanta GM job? Myers: I think he’ll be great. He was a big part of what we did. Deserves a lot of credit for where we are. And I think he’ll do well. I think they got a great guy. He’s going to make his mark there. He’s a friend, too, and he’ll be missed. We’ll move forward and pick up the pieces and keep going.
West, who is under contract with the Warriors through July, was at the Clippers’ facility Tuesday and talked with owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers about joining them. “I will tell you I had a very intriguing meeting with the Clippers,” West said. “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner. But I’m 79 years old and I know how much that I value the game of basketball. I know what it’s done for me and I’m still really competitive. I’m just not so sure that anywhere is a good fit for me.”
Jerry West insists he knows NOTHING about the Clippers reportedly trying to steal him away from the Golden State Warriors ... but watch the video -- and pay attention to that smirk! West is currently an executive board member for the Warriors -- but ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Clippers are actively courting him to L.A.
Jerry West, one of the NBA’s foremost executives, is “very intrigued” about joining forces with the Clippers, said two league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing talks.
Before Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in February to lead the Lakers’ front office, West was regarded as a candidate to rejoin the mix, and those close to the Hall of Famer have indicated he was excited about a potential homecoming. “He wanted it more than anything,” one source said.
Jerry West, one of the NBA’s foremost executives, is “very intrigued” about joining forces with the Clippers, said two league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing talks. West, an executive board member with the Golden State Warriors who consults with the team’s basketball operations, would also be an advisor with the Clippers with a strong say as a consultant, the executives said.
West recently met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, said the executives. The Clippers got permission from the Warriors to speak with West, one executive said. “But nothing is going to happen any time soon,” the executive said.
If West were to join the Clippers, there is a chance he would hire his son, Ryan West, who is the assistant director of scouting for the Lakers, in a front-office job with the Clippers, one executive said.
Brad Turner: Was just told per source that Jerry West is "very intrigued" about working with the Clippers, as @Marc Stein first reported.
Marc Stein: Updating the Clippers/Jerry West story: League sources say West has already held talks w/owner Steve Ballmer and coach/president Doc Rivers.
The LA Clippers have expressed interest in hiring NBA legend Jerry West away from the Golden State Warriors, sources told ESPN. League sources told ESPN that the Clippers would like to bring West into their organization in an advisory capacity, similar to the role he has held with the Warriors since May 2011.
Other undisclosed teams, sources said, have made similar runs at West, who is under contract with Golden State through July as a member of its executive board and has been asked by Warriors owner Joe Lacob to stay with the franchise.
Monte Poole: Interesting. But, as Marc writes, #Clippers are not the only team to express interest in The Logo. #Warriors are determined to keep him. twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/…
He doesn’t interfere, yet they know he’s there. “He’s got a really special quality of being here and then staying in the background at the same time,” Kerr said. “He gets it. I think that’s the way he approaches his life. He’s very modest and yet he’s very confident. He’s very knowledgeable and yet he listens. He’s never the know-it-all guy who has to show he’s the smartest in the room but he actually is the smartest in the room.”
When Myers moves about team headquarters in downtown Oakland he also blends right in with any group. That’s how easy he is to have around – and much like the scene at one of his dinner parties, he has a gauge on the vibe. “He understands how important it is for him to be aware of everything that’s going on, how everybody’s feeling,” Curry said. “It’s a tough job, for sure, to have to balance, manage, all these different personalities and the ups and downs of the season. He’s bridged the gap between upstairs and downstairs. All that responsibility, it all pays out when we all succeed, and a lot of that goes to what Bob does on a day-to-day basis. … He finds a way to be personable, to be connected to every single person in our organization. And it’s very genuine. That goes a long way.”
There is a growing sense that West and the Warriors are headed toward agreeing to extend his relationship with the franchise –Lacob confirmed he and West have spoken about a new contract and have now paused the discussions until after the Finals–but nothing has been finalized.
Joe Lacob: His contract is up, as you know. We have met; we have discussed the future. And it’s really something that I’m sure at the end of the season we will return to and figure out what Jerry wants to do. We want him back. We love him. He’s been a great contributor to the organization, someone I consider a personal friend as well. We would love him back (beyond this season), and we’ve made that known.
A few months ago, a source close to West indicated he might be intrigued if the Lakers were interested in bringing him on in an advisory role. But with the advent of Magic Johnson’s takeover and the hiring of new GM Rob Pelinka, that does not seem to be a possibility and I don’t think West would be interested any more even if it was.
The Atlanta Hawks are working on a contract agreement to hire Golden State Warriors executive Travis Schlenk as general manager, league sources told The Vertical. Barring any unforeseen snags, a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, league sources told The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Golden State assistant GM Travis Schlenk has emerged as a frontrunner for Atlanta Hawks GM opening, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Travis Schlenk is Atlanta's choice to become new GM and sides are entering into contract talks, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Washington Wizards vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk have emerged as the new names of note in the Atlanta Hawks' front office search, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that the Hawks have conducted interviews with both Sheppard and Schlenk this week and continue to have interest in ESPN television analyst Chauncey Billups as well as Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren as they search for a new lead voice for basketball operations.
Marc Stein: The Atlanta Hawks have secured permission to interview Warriors executive Travis Schlenk for their front office search, league sources say
This wasn’t merely about an edge. With a thin-enough chance at 55.8 percent, this was all-important. All Lakerdom will feel their agony if their 46.9 percent chance doesn’t come in at the May 16 lottery. These days the Lakers don’t even do no-brainers, like inviting Jerry West back in a consultant’s role like the one he has with the Warriors. A Lakers insider told me it’s not happening … even though the Lakers are aware West would love to be asked back.
There has been talk of Warriors executive Bob Myers, however, the Warriors and Myers extended his contract last summer, increasing his pay and adding more responsibility to his job function. Sources peg poaching Myers from the Warriors as the longest of long shots but admitted that Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk is on the radar and will likely be interviewed.
Tim Kawakami: On another topic: NBA sources indicate that Warriors and Jerry West have had preliminary talks about extending his deal past this summer...
Tim Kawakami: There is no deal yet--my understanding is that GSW owner Joe Lacob has left this up to West, who is deciding what he wants to do...
Before the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss on Tuesday, the franchise had already moved away from trying to pursue the Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers, the franchise’s original top target for general manager, league sources told The Vertical. After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers, league sources said.
Though not entirely surprising, that is essentially what Warriors director of player personnel Larry Harris told KNBR on Monday. “We’ll take phone calls. We’re not going to initiate any,” Harris said. “But we’ll take phone calls if teams are interested, if they need us maybe in a three-way deal or they see something that can help us. We’re certainly not generating calls. And not because we’re being arrogant or anything.”
Other than adding Briante Weber to a 10-day contract — and, reportedly, another — the Warriors should stand pat. “As we look at our roster moving forward, I think where we’re going to grow is within our own team,” Harris said.
“He’s gained more compassion, more empathy,” said Kerr, whose father, Dr. Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by political extremists in Beirut in 1984. “I found the same thing when I went through my dad’s death. It suddenly means a lot more when you read about somebody else’s tragedy.” Today, 13 months after his brother-in-law’s death, Myers and his team are under the kind of external scrutiny that comes only with championship-or-bust expectations. Still, it is Dinsmore whom he thinks of first when he wakes each morning. On the 12th of every month, to honor his memory, Bob, Kristen and their daughters release balloons with handwritten notes to Dinsmore “in heaven” in front of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Scott and Chelsea had been on the sixth day of an eight-day climb, about 2,000 feet from Kilimanjaro’s summit, when they heard a shout from a climber above. A black boulder — roughly the size of a large suitcase — was racing toward them as smaller rocks rained down on either side. Chelsea dove to her right. When she glanced back, Scott, who had been walking just behind her, was on the ground, severely injured. She tried to resuscitate him. It was too late. “This was a very bizarre and freak thing,” said Chelsea, who stays with the Myerses whenever she’s not traveling the world in her work for Live Your Legend. “No one else on the mountain was hurt. Scott was the only one.”
Adam Johnson: Kent Lacob to be named General Manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors, league sources tell D-League Digest.
Tim Kawakami: NBA source: Warriors GM Bob Myers' new title includes a contract extension beyond 2017-2018, though exact length is unknown...
Tim Kawakami: Another NBA source indicates that Myers is believed to have received a substantial raise in the extension and title elevation.
The Golden State Warriors today announced a number of promotions in the team’s Basketball Operations department, highlighted by the promotions of Bob Myers to the role of president of basketball operations/general manager, Travis Schlenk to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager, Kirk Lacob to vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager, and Larry Harris to assistant general manager/director of player personnel. Additional promotions include Nick U’Ren as director of coaching operations/special assistant to the head coach, Jonnie West as director of player programs, Nanea McGuigan as director of basketball administration/player programs, Chelsea Lane as head of physical performance and sports medicine, Drew Yoder as head athletic trainer, Roger Sancho as assistant trainer, James Laughlin as video coordinator, and Sammy Gelfand as manager of basketball analytics.
Marc J. Spears: The @DLeagueWarriors are promoting Ryan Atkinson, an ex-Warriors locker room & ex-A's clubhouse attendant, to assistant GM, a source said.
May 6, 2021 | 8:00 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley remain OUT Friday vs. the Nuggets. Juwan Morgan is also OUT (right heel soreness). But Udoka Azubuike is PROBABLE after missing most of the season with a right ankle sprain.
May 6, 2021 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Nate Bjorkgren on hanging in there considering internal discourse: “I feel OK. There’s been a lot of ups and downs the last few days. There’s nothing easy about it. Lots of challenges coming at you.” Players have spoken up about sticking together + working to find a rhythm.
Alex Schiffer: Nets starting lineup in Dallas: Irving, Shamet, Durant, Harris and Griffin. That’s Brooklyn’s 35th different starting five of the year, a franchise record. Nets only trail Houston in terms of different lineups.
Brad Townsend: George Bush on the portrait he painted of @Dirk Nowitzki: I knew the portrait would be around for a while, so I purposely made him skinny.” On a more serious note: “I think if people look at the portrait, they’ll see a determined guy.”