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OAKLAND – Bob Myers likes talking.
Sometimes it’s just for for five minutes at a time. Sometimes longer. Because he knows that to get anything done in the NBA as a general manager at the trade deadline (or beyond), you have to create a conversation.
“I probably talk to two thirds of the league,” Myers said Thursday at the Golden State Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland, a week before the NBA’s February 8 trade deadline. “Some of it just guys I know. Some of it five-minute conversations, some longer. But the fear in this job is that you wish you would have had a conversation you didn’t.”
These trade talks may not turn into anything in the immediate future. If you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of years, you might not know the Warriors have a fairly serviceable roster as it stands. But that doesn’t mean these talks are meaningless.
“It’s just conversation broadly about, “What are you thinking? What are you doing? This is where we are,”” Myers said. “And thankfully I work with 29 other people. And you trust the relationships. You trust what you’ve done with them. You trust the discretion of all of it.
“So you have that dialogue. But you have to have dialogue to do anything. Dialogue that occurs at this trade deadline may lead to something that happens two summers from now, and you just don’t know.”
Maybe Bob Myers is on the phone yelling at the top of his lungs to trade Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston in the next week to clear up cap space for LeBron James to land in Oakland. Maybe he’s talking about other things. (Probably the latter.)
Whichever the case, we can be sure that Bob is doing one thing…talking.
“So saying nothing, doing nothing, not talking, that does absolutely nothing. Even if you DO nothing, to take the approach of, “I’m not talking to anybody.” That’s not what I believe, and that’s not what our organization believes.”