That the Warriors replaced general manager Larry Riley with protege Bob Myers comes as no shock. The big surprise is the timing.
According to multiple team sources, a few factors came into play. The coming draft, and all the ensuing prep work. The pending free agent season, which kicks off July 1, and the Warriors’ need to woo someone though armed with nothing more than a mid-level.
But perhaps the biggest factor, per the sources, was Myers’ as assistant general manager. It was part of the plan for Myers to succeed Riley when they lured Myers from the player agent side of the business a year ago this month. But at the time, co-owner Joe Lacob said Myers was in line for the job after Riley retired “in a few years.”
It’s been 12 months.
In that time, Myers, according to sources, has proved to Lacob he is ready now. Lacob is impressed with Myers’ connections around the league, his negotiation skills and the relationships he’s built in the organization.
With the draft coming up, followed by an offseason where the Warriors need to add some key pieces, the decision was made to make the move now.
Lacob, Riley and Myers sat down and discussed the transition. According to one source, Riley wanted to see through what he started. But the source said Riley understood the move and was grateful the Warriors kept him around.
With Myers now the main guy, Travis Schlenk, the other assistant GM, becomes the No. 2 guy. The next in line is Kirk Lacob, the owner’s son and director of basketball operations. But he’s been given the task of running the Warriors’ NBA Development League franchise and facilitating the possible move to Santa Cruz.
Sources said there are currently no plans as of yet to promote someone else or bring in another member to the front office. But the basketball operations staff will meet soon to map out the next steps.