Warriors’ Bob Myers on expiring contract without new deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Bob Myers, president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors — architect of four NBA championships in the past eight years — is entering the final months of his contract and remains without a new deal, sources told ESPN.

Golden State Ownership and Myers — a two-time NBA Executive of the Year — have been in talks about a new contract, but those talks appear to be on hold, sources said.

According to sources, Myers’ contract is expected to expire at the end of June.

“My whole focus is on the season and the team,” Myers told ESPN on Saturday, declining to discuss his status further.

“We love Bob and hope he’s here for a long time,” Golden State owner and CEO Joe Lacob told ESPN on Saturday.

The Warriors have also raised the concept of an extension with four-time championship coach Steve Kerr, who has two years left on his contract, sources said. Unlike Myers, the remaining term of Kerr’s contract puts less pressure on the organization to close a deal in the short term.

Golden State, which faces tough roster decisions next season amid a likely $500 million payroll and luxury tax bill, now faces added pressure to secure Myers, one of pro sports’ most accomplished and respected team managers.

Myers, a Bay Area native, maintains close working relationships with all key members of the organization – including Lacob, Kerr and star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

While the sides still have a few months to reach an agreement, Myers’ status with no new deal is somewhat unique in the market. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri — another championship-level manager — had his contract reduced to the final few weeks before penning a new contract in 2021.

Myers was hired as an assistant GM in 2011, promoted to GM in 2012, and outside of Curry’s arrival before his own, has overseen the drafts, trades and signings of free agents that have shaped one of the league’s modern dynasties.

Kerr is under contract through the 2023-24 season, but several of his peers – including Phoenix’s Monty Williams, Memphis’ Taylor Jenkins and Chicago’s Billy Donovan – have agreed extensions in similar contractual circumstances in recent months.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35227546/sources-warriors-bob-myers-expiring-contract-new-deal Warriors’ Bob Myers on expiring contract without new deal

Emma Bowman

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