The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up for a massive summer where they must improve their roster. They missed the playoffs in 2023, and need more talent around Luka Doncic. Without it, the 24-year-old superstar could request a trade and look for a way out of Dallas. The pressure is on and the Mavericks have to get it right.
Massive NBA news came down on Tuesday afternoon as Golden State Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers announced that he is stepping down. Myers architected four championships in Golden State and was regarded as the top executive in the league.
His departure comes as the Warriors are facing significant luxury tax concerns. The introduction of the new second apron will restrict their ability to build their roster or force them to break it up. With Myers gone, how will the Dubs proceed?
Warriors to chart future without Bob Myers in charge
The key decisions begin this summer. Draymond Green has a $27.5 million player option for next season, and Klay Thompson becomes extension eligible. Both want new long-term deals this summer, but that would likely push the Dubs payroll over $500 million with the luxury tax penalties added in.
To make matters worse, they will almost certainly be over the new second tax apron that severely limits their ability to improve their roster. They would not be able to use their mid-level exception, send out more money than they get back in trades, and face other measures meant to punish the NBA’s highest-spending squads.
Bob Myers joined the Warriors in 2011. He had been there for all the ups and downs with the current group, and he could connect to them differently. Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Joe Lacob’s son, Kirk, are expected to be the team’s lead decision-makers going forward. Will they keep the band together or start dismantling pieces in hopes of gaining flexibility?
To make matters worse in Golden State, one of their pillars of success is gone and it is now up to the new decision-makers to continue the trend.