Warriors general manager Bob Myers: on whether he was GM candidate in LA; how close Warriors were to making deal; difference between this trade deadline and past ones, more

Nobody really expected the Golden State Warriors to be active at Thursday’s trade deadline — and they did not disappoint. The Warriors are sitting at 47-9, the best record in the NBA, so general manager Bob Myers wasn’t exactly on the phone 24/7 all week.

Still, Myers made it clear on 95.7-FM The Game that he still must monitor what’s going on around the league and gather information that may be pertinent down the line. We had a chance to discuss Thursday’s trade deadline, and lots of other stuff with Myers.

Here’s link to interview with Bob Myers on 95.7-FM The Game.

Among the topics:

–We asked Myers about the report that the Los Angeles Lakers contacted him about their vacant GM position earlier this week. The Lakers shook up their front office, with Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak getting fired and Magic Johnson taking over to run things.

Johnson ended up hiring Rob Pelinka, who had been an agent (just like Myers), so it made sense that the Lakers may have gotten in touch with Myers first. Myers has ties to Los Angeles having going to UCLA.

–Myers compared this year’s trade deadline with trade deadlines past, and he acknowledged that things have changed since he came on board in 2012. Back then it used to be much busier. This year, the Warriors’ front office got together in the morning, but it’s not like they were huddled together all week trying to get something done.

–Myers talked about what he expects from the Warriors in the final 26 games, and how he thinks coach Steve Kerr will handle some players’ minutes. Warriors owner Joe Lacob is on record saying he doesn’t like to rest players when the team is playing a home game so that limits Kerr’s options a little bit.

–Myers said Warriors cannot acquire center Andrew Bogut, whom many believe will be bought out in Philadelphia, but then doubled-back and said that wasn’t the case. Turns out, however, there was a loophole in the new CBA which would allow the Warriors to re-acquire Bogut. It’s such an unknown loophole that few even know about, apparently. The Warriors ended up contacting the league to get clarification and found out that it would be OK for the Warriors to sign Bogut. Now, whether they want to or not is a different story.




About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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