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Bob Myers Promoted to Warriors' President of Basketball Operations

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2016

May 10, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers speaks during  the 2015-2016 NBA Most Valuable Player trophy awarded to guard Stephen Curry (not pictured) at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors announced a restructuring of their front office on Tuesday, with general manager Bob Myers also taking over the role of president of basketball operations.

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.

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reported that the promotion also contains a contract extension and substantial raise.

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.

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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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