Bob Myers Rumors
The Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as a potential threat to poach Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, league sources told The Denver Post. The Timberwolves identified a list of four big-name GMs — Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti, Golden State’s Bob Myers, Toronto’s Masai Ujiri and Connelly — to fill their vacancy, according to a person with direct knowledge of discussions. And the Nuggets’ long-time president was deemed the most “gettable,” from a financial standpoint, according to another source.
The Timberwolves identified a list of four big-name GMs — Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti, Golden State’s Bob Myers, Toronto’s Masai Ujiri and Connelly — to fill their vacancy, according to a person with intimate knowledge of discussions. And the Nuggets’ long-time president was deemed the most “gettable,” from a financial standpoint, according to another source. Connelly, according to sources, is in an option year of his contract.
Dane Moore: Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez put together a list of five POBOs to target shortly after purchasing the Timberwolves, sources say. Originally Pat Riley was on that list. These are the most recent five names, sources say: Tim Connelly Masai Ujiri Daryl Morey Bob Myers Sam Presti
Where do you see Poole going from here? Bob Myers: Each round gets harder, but it’s all informative. You look for consistency, confidence and skill. The playoffs are the most informative time of the year. You can’t hide during the playoffs. It’s just too competitive, too physical and too high level. As an executive, it’s the best time to evaluate your team assuming that you are healthy. If you don’t make it to the playoffs, it’s hard to know much. But if you do, it’s fantastic because you get to see what’s what. With Jordan, it’s another chance to watch him grow. He’s answered the bell: Started, not started, played big minutes, played fewer minutes. Credit to him for always being ready. We’re going to definitely need him in this round and however far we can go.
How have you seen Andre [Iguodala] handle his different role and his injuries? Bob Myers: He’s frustrated. He wants to play. Frankly, he could help us. He’s trying to get back. Because he hasn’t been able to play, he’s used his voice and has been very vocal. He’s one of the most respected players in the league and is very, very bright. He communicates on the bench, whether it’s with our coaches, young players and our older players. That matters, especially as you go deeper in the playoffs.
What was the thought process with not adding a big entering the trade deadline, and how have you seen the team adjust toward not having a traditional center? Myers: The league is realizing that size is really important, but it’s more about positional size than size at the center spot. We didn’t have a great option available to us. Secondly, I was under the impression we would have James Wiseman. He was trending well. We thought he’d be back, ready to go and help us with that vertical space. That didn’t happen and his rehab hit a bump in the road post deadline. That put us in a tough spot, and the market was pretty dry. We had to march forward. Size still matters. But Looney’s been an unbelievable, steadfast guy that often gets overlooked. When we need to go bigger, Draymond and Looney have shown they can do it. They’re capable. They’re not 7-feet tall, but they’re versatile, switchable and very smart. We found a way. We’ll see if it keeps working and if we continue to win.
After nursing overlapping injuries during the regular season, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green are back and fully healthy for a postseason run. Though Iguodala remains sidelined with his own ailments, the Warriors have also leaned on a freshly minted All-Star (Andrew Wiggins) and a handful of young players. That gives Warriors general manager Bob Myers more perspective on what it means that Golden State hosts the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (9 ET, TNT). “What makes it most gratifying is how hard it is,” Myers told NBA.com. “Having a couple of years out of the playoffs was not fun. But I have a better appreciation for being here and where we are now.”