SAN FRANCISCO — Are the Warriors interested in pursuing free agent-to-be LeBron James after the superstar informed Miami on Tuesday that he will opt out of his contract?
“I can’t answer it, no answer,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said, smiling before the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center luncheon, where he introduced team president Rick Welts as the keynote speaker.
But what about trading for Minnesota’s Kevin Love? Warriors sideline reporter Ric Bucher cited sources in tweeting Monday that the potential Love deal to Golden State “is dead” after Myers had said last week the chances of any big trade this offseason were “unlikely.”
“I’m not commenting on anything,” Myers said, laughing. “No comment on anything. You asked. I answered.”
The Warriors landing Love after back-to-back playoff appearances appears to be a better possibility than James, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who could ultimately re-sign with Miami after winning two championships in four seasons with the Heat.
“We fully expected LeBron to opt-out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise,” Miami president Pat Riley said in a statement.
“We look forward to sitting down with LeBron and his representatives and talking about our future together.”
Myers, meanwhile, was at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis honoring a co-worker and confidant in Welts, who became the first openly gay NBA executive.
“We all have times in our life where we’re at this pivotal moment where we have to make a decision whether it’s work or personal life, and when you connect with people in our lives, it helps us with those types of decisions to give us advice,” Myers told the audience.
“And I remember four or five months ago at work I found myself at one of those decision-making points, which I do a lot of in my job. And I walked into Rick’s office, and he’s one of those people — and I think he’s one of those people for a lot of people – and I sat down and had a good conversation and he helped me make the right decision. And then afterwards about two or three days later, he said, ‘You know what? I’m proud of you.’ And it was one of those vivid moments for me.
“People because of the job I’m in have a lot of nice things to say and sometimes not nice things to say. But I’m going to always remember that, Rick. It may have been a small thing to you, but a much bigger thing to me.”
Said Welts: “We have an amazing thing going on with the Warriors right now. I’ve been here for three years. I get to work with Bob. Our ownership is extraordinary.”