The Warriors and GM Bob Myers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, a source tells Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News (Twitter link). The new deal will keep the 39-year-old Myers at the helm of Golden State’s basketball operations through at least the 2017/18 campaign, since his current pact with the club spans through the completion of the upcoming season.
Myers took control of the Warriors’ basketball activities in late of April of 2012, as Kawakami details in his full piece. Along with co-owner Joe Lacob, Myers was an instrumental part of the decision to dismiss Mark Jackson in favor of bringing in neophyte coach Steve Kerr. The second-year GM’s reluctance to include Klay Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love kept the W’s from obtaining the All-Star forward, a decision illustrating on the how highly Myers values Thompson.
No mention has been made regarding the financial terms of the deal, but it’s reasonable to speculate a price tag somewhere closer to the $3MM average annual value Raptors GM Masai Ujiri earns rather than the $12MM annual salary Knicks boss Phil Jackson gets. The latter is a record number for an executive, so I would be surprised to see Myers approach such a figure.
In Myers’ first two full years heading the Warriors, the team complied a record of 98-66. He was responsible for drafting Harrison Barnes in 2012 and signing Stephen Curry to a very team friendly extension worth $44MM over four seasons later that year. Kawakami downplays any reports suggesting there was tension in the front office during the heavily drawn out Love-saga and insists Myers was on good terms with ownership throughout the process. Whether or not there were ever any hard feelings, the new deal will have the two sides working together going forward.
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