For the first time in recent memory, the Golden State Warriors have long-term stability at the helm of their organization.
According to Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News, General Manager Bob Myers has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the team, which means he is signed through the 2017-2018 season. Myers’ current contract expires after this season.
Myers has had immense success since taking over in April of 2012. During his first season, the Warriors made the playoffs for the second time in 18 years and upset the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the postseason. His second year, the team finished with 51 wins, the fourth most in franchise history.
Besides benefiting from the development of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson into franchise players, Myers was proactive last offseason and made arguably his most impressive move thus far as GM by signing Andre Iguodala despite many restrictions and complications. He also navigated through a sticky situation in firing Mark Jackson, then delivered a pleasant surprise by hiring the highly sought after Steve Kerr as the new head coach.
However, despite the success, he has not been immune to criticism. Some fans were harsh on Myers for passing on trading Thompson to acquire Kevin Love this offseason (Love was eventually dealt to the Cavaliers). Then, there’s also the uncertainty of who is actually calling the shots for the organization: Myers or owner Joe Lacob? Lacob is one of the more hands-on owners in the league, and he is often involved in key personnel situations. It is also worth mentioning that NBA legend Jerry West is an adviser for the team, and his opinion holds a lot of weight in the front office.
Whichever way you look at it, Myers has fared well as GM, but as a result of the team’s success, has many expectations. It is a good sign, however, that the team trusts him by giving him this contract extension, ensuring that both he and Kerr will be around for the foreseeable future.