Bob Myers, the General Manager and President of Golden State Warriors, has announced that he is stepping down from his position when his contract expires at the end of June. This announcement came as a surprise to the team’s owner, Joe Lacob, who expressed his confusion at the news. Myers cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the primary reason for his decision. He also clarified that it was not due to the team’s lackluster performance in the 2020-21 season and that he had declined offers of ownership on a new deal that would have paid him the same as the league’s top-earning executives.
Myers emphasized that his role requires complete engagement and effort, and if he could not provide this, he should not do it. He did not want to let down the players or the team’s owners, including Lacob and Peter Guber. The Warriors are now faced with the question of who will replace Myers in his leadership position.
Lacob did not offer any clear plans for Myers’ successor, but sources suggest that he may seek to promote from within the organization. This could include his son, Kirk, who is an executive vice president of basketball operations, or Mike Dunleavy Jr., the team’s VP of basketball operations. The Warriors have been discussing the possibility of promoting from within for weeks, anticipating Myers’ departure.
However, there is also a possibility that the team may be unable to secure an external big-time general manager due to power struggles within the organization, particularly between the front office and ownership. This could lead to the Warriors becoming more of a family business, with the power dynamic evolving and becoming less separated.
Myers will continue to work with the team until the end of his contract, which means he will be involved in the upcoming draft process. It is currently unclear who will take on the lead role during this process, but Myers has stated that he will be operating in a support role.
Whoever succeeds Myers will have a significant task ahead of them, as the Warriors enter what is arguably the most important offseason in their recent history. They will need to address the player option of Draymond Green, who has a $27.6 million option waiting for him, which, if he turns down, will make him an unrestricted free agent. They will also need to address the impending contract expiration of Klay Thompson and head coach Steve Kerr. Additionally, they will have to replenish their depth while working with a high salary cap and new CBA rules that will make it even more challenging.
Lacob is confident that the Warriors will find a way to win, regardless of the challenges they face. He stated that the team has a lot of work to do, but he is committed to figuring out a way to get it done. The Warriors’ next move will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the team’s future success, and the organization will need to take a careful and strategic approach to ensure they make the right decision.