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Bob Myers steps down from Warriors: 'It's just time'

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Golden State Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers is leaving his position after 12 seasons with the franchise.

"It's just time," Myers told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Myers says he declined ownership offers for a new deal that would've made him one of the league's top-earning executives. In a later press conference confirming his decision, he described it as one involving several factors beyond money.

"This wasn't about money," he said, courtesy of ESPN's Kendra Andrews. "I've made plenty of money. I got offered plenty of money."

A two-time Executive of the Year, Myers, 48, was first hired as an assistant GM by team owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber in April 2011, who had only purchased the team for $450 million nine months prior. However, Myers was quickly promoted to the lead role just a year after his hiring and eventually helped lead the Warriors to four NBA championships between 2015-22.

Key decisions made during Myers' tenure with the franchise included drafting former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, hiring head coach Steve Kerr, signing Kevin Durant, and trading for Andre Iguodala. Though the team's star backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were drafted before his tenure, he negotiated lucrative contract extensions that kept the two in the Bay Area throughout their entire careers so far.

Myers informed Kerr, Green, Curry, and Thompson recently about the possibility of him leaving the organization, sources told Wojnarowski.

"This team is in great shape," Myers said, courtesy of Andrews. "Joe is not going anywhere ... You've got a fantastic coach. You've got arguably one of the best players to ever play, one of the best people to ever play in Steph Curry. So the future is unbelievably bright."

Lacob is expected to seek bigger roles for his son Kirk, the executive vice president of basketball operations, and Mike Dunleavy Jr., a 15-year NBA veteran and the vice president of basketball operations, according to Wojnarowski.

Myers conceded Tuesday that he's unsure of the next steps in his professional career.

"Maybe it'll be good for me to sit still. ... I don't think I'm done working," he said, according to Andrews. "I'm going to do something."

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