Warriors Offseason

Warriors promote Dunleavy Jr. to GM as Myers replacement

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The Warriors promoted Mike Dunleavy Jr. to general manager Friday morning.

The announcement by the Warriors comes a little more than two weeks after long-time general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers announced his departure from the team.

Dunleavy, 42, enters his sixth season in the Warriors' front office, serving as vice president of basketball preparations for the past two seasons after two years as assistant general manager.

He originally joined the front office in the 2018-19 season as a pro scout following a 15-year playing career that included four seasons with the Warriors, who selected him No. 3 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft.

“We think Mike is the perfect fit to lead our basketball operations department,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said in a statement released by the Warriors. “He has a wealth of basketball knowledge, stemming from his family upbringing, a 15-year NBA playing career and five seasons serving under Bob Myers in our front office.

"He’s young and energetic, has established numerous relationships around the league and communicates well with players and coaches—all important traits in this business. Mike’s ready for this challenge and responsibility.”

During his exit interview last month, Myers endorsed Dunleavy Jr. for the role. During that same press conference, Lacob told reporters he had "some ideas" but wanted to make the right decision, whether it took a week or a month.

Dunleavy served as Myers' top Lieutenant over the last four seasons.

"We are constantly training for situations like this,” Lacob told reporters as he sat beside Myers last month. “You can't always achieve it, but Bob has trained some great people in his organization. I think they will play a great role going forward.

Myers will step down from the role on June 30.

Dunleavy spent his first four-and-half seasons with the Warriors before being traded to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 16, 2007, in an eight-player trade that brought Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson to Golden State.

As a Warrior, Dunleavy averaged 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He played for six teams in his career, averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while also shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range.

Dunleavy's familiarity with the organization isn't a question. And as he steps into this new role, he'll have to get right to work with several significant decisions looming.

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