Riley’s retention, which a team source said came in the form of a multiyear contract, also included a promotion to executive vice president of basketball operations, the title Mullin held before he was fired in May 2009. Riley was promoted from assistant G.M. to general manager at that time but wasn’t granted a seat at the table with the Warriors’ executive vice presidents.
“Larry has done a great job, and I’m very pleased with his performance,” Lacob said in a statement. “He had a vision since he took over the team less than two years ago and has certainly helped move this team in an extremely positive direction in terms of our culture, cap management and roster additions.”
Lacob and Peter Guber assumed official ownership of the Warriors from Chris Cohan in November, but Lacob’s first significant move came when he fired coach Don Nelson before the season started. Now, Lacob has added to the front office by recruiting from the enemy, so to speak.
Area native and Monte Vista High graduate, has been an understudy of super agent Arn Tellem. But Myers, 36, is hanging up his player representation hat — leaving behind a client list that included Portland’s Brandon Roy, Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans and the Warriors’ Dorell Wright — and bringing what Lacob called a “new, positive dimension” to the Warriors’ front office. Myers is a respected agent with connections on both sides of the fence.
“Bob Myers, quite simply, is one of the brightest young executives that I have come across in a long time,” Riley said in a statement. “He was an important cog in the overall scheme of things at Wasserman Media Group, and his expertise — from legal issues and contract negotiations to his wide-ranging relationships in the business — will pay huge dividends.”
Bay Area News Group columnist Tim Kawakami, citing two sources, said it’s assumed around the NBA that Myers will be considered “G.M.-in-waiting” of the Warriors. Kawakami also cited a league executive saying there is little chance Myers would leave his agent business for anything less than a G.M. job.
Myers’ title is assistant general manager/vice president of basketball operations.