Joe Lacob Rumors
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.
My favorite under-the-radar quote of the day came from owner Joe Lacob. He was the first to talk at the pre-parade rally and tried to keep things humble, thanking the fans, players and coaches and even admitting: “It’s now beyond my expectations, which are pretty high.” But Lacob couldn’t escape without a mini humble brag. Within an answer about the popularity of the team, he dropped this gem: “We go to China, people there call me boss man, all that stuff, whatever.”
Kristian Winfield: Warriors owner Joe Lacob during parade on winning more championships: “I just spoke to Kevin Durant and he said we’re gonna keep doing it.” There goes that.
All of those moves allowed them to add Durant to the 73-win team and go from the NBA’s darlings to its villains. “That [NBA] owners meeting, the July after we got Kevin, was a difficult one,” Lacob said. “I felt really personally persecuted by the other owners.”
One month later, Bogut was traded, along with a second-round pick, to Dallas, freeing up salary cap space for the Warriors and setting the stage for that momentous summer share in the Hamptons. So, in a serendipitous way, Bogut is responsible for Kevin Durant joining the Warriors and carving history. “Yeah, I should get royalties,” Bogut says with a laugh. “But no. Doesn’t matter, it wouldn’t change anything. I know for a fact the KD deal was done long before I was traded. The Warriors had never signed a top-flight player. That was one thing that irked (owner Joe Lacob). He had to get it done.”
In addition to holding the 28th overall pick in the first round of the N.B.A. draft later this month, Lacob admitted that he was already fantasizing about the second-round pick he could well choose to buy in a repeat of last June’s $3.5 million purchase of the Chicago pick that became the prized rookie Jordan Bell.