Q&A: Warriors GM Bob Myers

Courtesy of Connor Letourneau

On the team  s approach to the trade deadline: 

“Look, there’s the stock answers that we will be active, we will be aggressive. But we’re also smart enough to know what we have. We don’t want to disrupt what we have. Doesn’t mean we won’t answer the phone, doesn’t mean we won’t explore possibilities. But reality is, we like who we have and, even if we didn’t, our options are somewhat limited. Utah still has our first (rounder) this year from the (Andre) Iguodala transaction back in 2013. So, we’ll see what happens. If we end up not doing anything, that would be a fine outcome as well.”

On whether Golden State is in an enviable place right now: 

“It’s better than feeling like you need to (make a move), for sure. Sometimes you feel a little guilty about not being as aggressive as other teams. (John) Wooden’s got a great quote: ‘Don’t confuse activity for achievement.’ You’ve got to sometimes pump the brakes and realize nothing often is something. This is better than the feeling we’ve had in the past that we need to do something, something needs to change. We don’t have that now.”

On whether he might need to free a roster spot for buyout season:

“Well, Briante (Weber) is on his second 10-day (contract). It’s really a 12-day because it has to last three games. That’ll give us more time to evaluate him, pushing us past the deadline. So, we’ll see who was or was not traded and who might or might not be a candidate for a buyout. The buyout market is always fluid. It’s unpredictable. Often times you hear a player’s name and that doesn’t come to fruition. Or conversely, you’ll not have thought of a possibility and that pops up. So technically, having let (Anderson) Varejao go, we have a spot. (Briante) Weber currently has it. We can be flexible. So, we’ll see what happens. It’s kind of hard to speculate on the buyout market because it’s somewhat unpredictable.”

On whether he is satisfied with the balance of the roster: 

“We like the fact that we can finish the games with more balance, as far as guards to bigs proportionally. We had lineups where we were playing (Kevon) Looney and (James Michael) McAdoo at the (small forward). That’s not ideal for them or us. We are more balanced. That doesn’t mean we won’t see what we can do to improve. But as far as the balance — wing, big — we’re in better shape now having added Briante. We’ll see how the whole thing shapes out. We’ve had some bigs who are injured in (David) West and Zaza (Pachulia). I don’t know the exact date, but hopefully they’ll be back in the next two weeks to a month. So, that doesn’t seem like it’ll be a long-term issue to add a big guy.”

On whether the Warriors, who don  t currently have a pick, would like to be involved in the 2017 NBA Draft: 

“I’d sure love to, I just don’t know that there’s many routes to (get in). This is our final credit card debt on the Iguodala trade. At least as far as firsts go, we’re good going forward from (2018) on. Everybody wants to be in the draft. Everybody wants to be in every draft. Unfortunately, we can’t. If there was a way to do it that didn’t disrupt our roster, it’d be something we’d pursue. I just don’t see a lot of variables or possibilities to get a pick in this draft. It’s a very good draft and these picks, even moreso now, are highly coveted and held onto. These picks aren’t easily attained.”

On how he factors in team chemistry when deciding whether to make a move:

“Team chemistry is important. I think we’re still working on this year’s chemistry. We have a lot of new players to embrace and kind of assimilate into our team. Anytime you’ve established somewhat of a cohesive unit, you kind of have to be even more cautious. You don’t want to ignore the success on the court, as far as just the record. Yeah, you do approach any move with a little more caution than you would if you needed a change and any change would be welcome.”

On whether he expects to initiate calls to other teams: 

“We’ll initiate calls just as far as information gathering. … We won’t be kind of pounding the phones. You initiate calls just to stay engaged, and you receive calls. I have a lot of friends who are general managers. You check in. Information is never bad. It’s my job, it’s our job in the organization, to canvass the league and get information. But I don’t think we’re viewed across the league as a great partner right now to explore trades with. That doesn’t mean you don’t have conversations.”

On whether Golden State  s roster has any weaknesses: 

“We always have weaknesses. There’s never a perfect roster, never a perfect game, never a perfect player. That’s what makes it fun, constantly trying to get better. We showed it last year. A great regular season doesn’t necessarily lead to a championship. There’s always work around the edges. Sometimes you work on the roster, sometimes it’s getting guys to play together, working through injury. We’re not satisfied. You can’t be satisfied. There’s always room for improvement. I think we’ve improved from the beginning of the season, with the same group of players.”

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