I’ll point out that Bob Myers was always going to spend at most a year as an assistant general manager behind Larry Riley, and it turned out it was about 11 months before he was promoted to GM. In truth, Myers assumed GM powers almost from the moment he arrived, though I realize some people don’t report it that way. But what was the one moment I saw the possibility that Lacob and Guber could create something great? I’ll say all the events before and after the Monta Ellis-Andrew Bogut trade — the detailed basketball acumen (West and Myers arguing that Curry and Klay needed to be the backcourt, free of Ellis), the deal-making (Myers working the phones), the patience (Bogut was hurt and wouldn’t be available for months), the abandoning of the loopy “Great Time Out” mindset (defense matters), and then the angriest episode.
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Question: So you just got a call that morning (you signed Cousins) — can you take us through how it went down? Bob Myers: We talked, I talked to his agent Jerry (Akana) in the morning, and he said: “What are you guys trying to do?” And I said: “What are you trying to do?” From there, I was honest, I said there’s not a lot we can do. Then hearing from there they were open to (taking the mid-level exception), that was the first moment where it looked like there was a possibility it would happen. Then I talked to DeMarcus pretty early that morning. That was really just the beginning of it, just (wondering) if it was something he’d really consider. Hearing his voice, hearing his conviction, it made it real to me.
“I was f—ed up,” Cousins said. “I said to Jarinn, ‘Let’s make a call.’ He was shocked. It was very insulting to not receive an offer. But I understand. I prepared myself for this.” So around 8 a.m., Cousins said he called Warriors general manager Bob Myers. This is not a misprint. Myers cannot talk about free agents until they can sign with teams on Friday. But when Myers can speak, boy does he have a story to tell. Imagine Myers picking up his cellphone and a man with a deep voice says, “Hey, this is DeMarcus Cousins … got a minute?”
Mark Medina: Unsurprisingly, Bob Myers said he plans to huddle up this week with rest of front office and Steve Kerr on what they’re thinking on free agency decisions. Myers said team wanted to hold off on discussions until after the draft and so everyone could recharge during the weekend
No matter whom they pick at No. 28, the Warriors will again look to purchase a second-round pick in this year’s draft, a source told Sporting News. Golden State bought a pick from Chicago last year, and used it to select Bell. “If anyone sells them a pick,” one GM joked, “they ought to have their head checked. Once that first round is over, everyone needs to just not pick up the phone if [Warriors GM Bob] Myers is calling.”
Golden State holds the 28th overall pick. But the reigning N.B.A. champions also have an owner in Joe Lacob who paid $3.5 million for the second-round pick via Chicago in 2017 that led to the selection of Jordan Bell and, according to league sources, wants to make a similar splash in this draft.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects swift negotiations to re-sign two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr. Durant could sign for as long as four years and about $160 million, and Myers is prepared to give him “whatever he wants.” Durant has said all along he wants to stay put, especially after winning a pair of championships in his first two seasons with Golden State.
Bryant was a guest onThe HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy on Monday and playfully discussed the idea of playing with the Warriors as he recalled an offer from Warriors general manager Bob Myers to forgo retirement and join the team. “Not seriously,” Bryant said while laughing. “I’ve known Bob Myers, the (general manager) over at Golden State, forever… My last all star game we had a chance to catch up, as we were staying at the same hotel. I got a chance to tell him congratulations on everything and he said ‘Hey listen, if there’s any chance you want to change your mind and play another year, you can always come here.’ But it’s all tongue in cheek man.”
Mark Medina: Bob Myers on Kevin Durant:’s free agency: “Whatever he wants. There’s no negotiation.”
Melissa Rohlin: Bob Myers on KD saying he’s coming back: “Maybe I’m naïve but I never felt like he was leaving.”
Connor Letourneau: Bob Myers on the No. 28 pick: “It’s big for us just because we don’t have a lot of vehicles to add players.” Added that they’re looking for someone who can play immediately.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on the 28th pick: “They (the front office) think we’re going to get an impact player and I have a feeling I’m going to play that guy.”
Mark Medina: Bob Myers complimentary of Steve Kerr
After a lethargic loss in Indiana in April, Kerr publicly wondered if his team needed to care more. That didn’t go over well with the players, and Kerr subsequently walked the statement back. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers met privately after that loss in Indiana to discuss what could be done to rouse the team from its late-season slumber. “I told Steve, because he was upset after Indiana, ‘We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. They’ve earned that,'” Myers said. “Was I worried? My first thought was, ‘Yes.’ But my second thought was, ‘Have they let us down yet?'”
Three weeks later, the Warriors added their third championship in four years to the trophy case. They celebrated in the same building and at the same restaurant — Morton’s The Steakhouse in Cleveland — as they did for the first championship in 2015. So much had changed since that first year. For the Warriors and for the league. And yet there was a sweetness in the symmetry. “It’s like your first kid; there’s nothing like it,” Myers said in comparing championship runs. “And then you try to get more.”
Gelfand got some prime TV time when the superstar Curry, recovering from a sprained knee, insisted on sitting beside him during multiple first-round playoff games. But his claim to fame during Golden State’s four-season run of roaring success might be his role in helping the Warriors establish 300 passes as their nightly team goal. Golden State was last in the N.B.A. in passes per game, stuck in the 240s, when Kerr succeeded Mark Jackson after a first-round playoff exit to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. Kerr turned to Gelfand to help establish a new benchmark — 300 — which has evolved into the team’s magic number and a symbol of its culture.
Warriors owner/CEO Joe Lacob dropped by the ESPN2 set live from the NBA Draft combine at the Barclays Center in New York on Friday to talk all things draft. Lacob said this was the second time he’s been at the combine, which precedes the June 21 draft. The event primarily features second-tier prospects, which works out well for Lacob and the Warriors who sit No. 28 in the draft. “For us, it’s (players drafted) 20 to 40 or 20 to 50. Those are the players that are here to some extend,” Lacob explained. “And that’s where we are — 28. Maybe we’ll buy a second-round pick again. I’m very aggressive with respective to those, as you know.”
Money was only one factor in West’s exit. No matter how hard Warriors officials tried to convince him, publicly and privately, that his input remained vital to their collaborative approach to decision-making, West felt his influence was fading. “You have to be wanted,” West said.
The Warriors have been in discussions with point guard Quinn Cook about a multiyear deal that would turn his two-way contract into a standard NBA deal, a team source has confirmed with The Chronicle. […] “Quinn is a guy Steve (Kerr) has leaned on and the players have come to trust,” general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s conversations we’ve had. We’ll have to come to some type of decision prior to the last game of the season.”
Rick Welts with a news drop on our show today: The Golden State Warriors will keep the name Golden State Warriors when they move to San Francisco. “Let’s make it official,” Welts said.
Logan Murdock: Warriors owner Joe Lacob to @957thegame on Quinn Cook making the playoff roster: “We’re going to make that decision right at the end because a lot of things can happen.”
Do you think that it’s realistic for the Dubs to put Klay Thompson the trade block next year? Steve Kyler: 99.8% chance they would never consider it… If LeBron or another ube elite talent becomes possible – maybe, but I’d be beyond stunned. Ownership is ready for the tax bill to keep a dynasty together.
The NBA champion Golden State Warriors are losing one of their top executives. Chief Marketing Officer Chip Bowers is joining baseball’s Miami Marlins as president of business operations, reporting to part-owner and Chief Executive Officer Derek Jeter, according to people familiar with the personnel move. The people requested anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced. It is Jeter’s second executive hire since taking the reins in September. Earlier this year he also added David Oxfeld from Jeter’s longtime agency, Excel Sports Management, where he worked on client sales and business development.
Sirius XM NBA: “Managing the economic side is a part of it. We’ve taken this team from ground zero, we’ve raised the bar. It’s not an accident that you make winning as part of the culture, spending the money is part of it.” -@Golden State Warriors Co-Owner @Peter Guber
Ballmer, to review, spent last summer making drastic changes to the way in which roster decisions are made while sparing no expense. The 61-year-old, who stands at No. 15 on Forbes’ latest list of wealthiest Americans, lured Jerry West away from the Golden State Warriors as a consultant in mid-July, paying him between $4 million and $5 million annually to be a trusted and unfiltered voice on all personnel matters.
Steve Kerr and Warriors management held preliminary contract extension talks last summer, but Kerr tabled final discussions until next summer to make sure he felt healthy enough to make a long-term commitment, Kerr told The Athletic on Sunday evening. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers held the initial talks — and Kerr, Myers and Warriors owner Joe Lacob all told The Athletic on Sunday that they fully expect that Kerr will sign an extension next summer.
“We just agreed we’d wait,” Kerr said. “I’ve got two years left on my deal and wanted to make sure that everything went well this year health-wise. And I don’t anticipate any issues going forward. “I don’t have any desire to be anywhere else. So I’m sure when we get down to it, we’ll come to an agreement pretty quickly.”
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said that injury scare is often forgotten in talk about Durant’s road to his first championship. He added that he was glad Durant not only got the ring but also lost the pressure of not having one. “I’m glad he’s getting a ring,” Myers said before the game. “He earned it. It would have been sad if he had not gotten one and didn’t check that box. He’s too good of a player. Sometimes great players never get that opportunity. Players in this day and age, I feel like there is such pressure that it has to happen for them. Sometimes it’s not their fault. But to see him obtain that pretty early, I think he has a lot of years left. I’m really happy for him.”
On top of that, as the Warriors prepared for the postseason, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was considering offering Curry a contract below the max, even though Curry has been one of the most underpaid players in all of sports over the last three seasons. Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept Lacob from bringing a reduced offer to the negotiating table, but it was enough of a thing that Myers reassured Curry of the franchise’s commitment. Curry wound up getting the largest contract in NBA history: five years, $201 million.
Anthony Slater: Statement from Warriors on their parade spending. They paid nearly $800K but don’t sound too pleased because original estimate was $300K
Marc J. Spears: Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed to ESPN’s The Undefeated that the team is considering visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture during their Washington, D.C. trip this season.
Mark Medina: Bob Myers said Larry Harris and Nick U’Ren will have elevated roles with Jerry West going to Clippers & Travis Schlenk going to Hawks
Connor Letourneau: Bob Myers said he thought being a GM would be easier than being an agent, “and I was wrong. I was completely wrong.”
“When I took the job, my wife asked me ‘will there be any media?’” Myers said. “I said ‘it’s the Warriors — nobody cares.” “Am I getting more comfortable with [the attention]? Probably not… I don’t really know what to make of that. Anonymity is a good thing.”
Bob Myers: You remember when there were rumblings that he didn’t want to be a Warrior. You remember him potentially not showing up for a press conference. So Steph Curry, he is who he is so he shows up. His first few years were not a good initial experience. As far as I know, I never heard him saying, “Get me out of here.” My point is this, when he got to our organization we were not a team or destination that the most ardent Warrior would say was capable of winning a championship; the playoffs were our championship.
Bob Myers: People always ask me what we said to Kevin (Durant) in the Hamptons. It wasn’t what anyone said in that four-hour period. It was Steph Curry building a foundation, being selfless enough to go. It was Andre Iguodala, who knew we were going after a guy who played his position. It was Draymond Green, it was Steve Kerr, it was all the things that those guys had done that put us in a position to be in a place where Kevin Durant said, “I wanna meet with that team.” There’s no magic words in life.
On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there. But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper.”
West then explains why he’s not with the Warriors anymore. “It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right.”
No coach ever stops coaching, even in the offseason. Kerr says he spends at minimum a couple of hours a day on Warriors business. “I’m on the phone, talking to (general manager) Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat (before training camp). It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden (famous workaholic), I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room (laugh).”
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.
Connor Letourneau: Joe Lacob’s statement on Jerry West leaving for the Clippers:
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…
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Michael Grange: Raptors connected with Leonard and agent etc. multiple times and separately on Wednesday, according to league sources. All conversations positive, forward-looking.
Mark Murphy: Kenny Boren, Smart’s high school coach, on relief from new deal: “You have no idea. It’s been a tough summer with free agency and his mom’s (cancer), It’s been tough emotionally for him.”
James Edwards III: #Pistons have announced that they’ve added Tim Grgurich and Micah Nori (previously with Denver) to Dwane Casey’s staff. Grgurich and Casey go back to their Seattle days, which I talked about in this profile: theathletic.com/424727/2018/07…