Travis Schlenk was promoted to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager. Kirk Lacob will take over as vice president of GSW Sports Ventures/assistant general manager, while Larry Harris will serve as assistant general manager/director of player personnel.
Myers, 41, has been the Warriors general manager since 2012. He has been instrumental in building the team's current core, including stealing Draymond Green in the 2012 draft and trading for Andre Iguodala. It was Myers' move to replace Mark Jackson with Steve Kerr as head coach, which helped spearhead Golden State to consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
Of course, there was also the great caper of 2016, which saw Myers and a contingent of Warriors players shockingly convince Kevin Durant to sign in the Bay Area.
“When I was hired (in 2012) Steph Curry was here," Myers said, per Vincent Fausone of SFBay.Ca. "That’s probably the greatest gift you could place upon someone. I was part of the group that helped draft Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes and traded for Andrew Bogut. How did we get here? Fortune, hard work, good luck, and things falling into place.”
Signing Durant has the Warriors looking like overwhelming favorites for their third straight Finals appearance and second title. Oddsshark currently lists them as -110 favorites, an unprecedented number for this point in the offseason.
Structurally, not all that much should change here. Myers will still be the key decision maker from a basketball operations standpoint; Schlenk, Lacob and Harris were already among his closest advisors. Contract terms were not made publicly available, but it's likely these promotions were designed to give important decision-makers better titles and some nice raises.
The Warriors have never been shy about spending money or rewarding important people in the organization. This just follows their (smart) organizational pattern.
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