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NBA Warriors extend deals for top execs Myers, Welts

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By Agence France-Presse

Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers and chief operating officer Rick Welts have agreed to multi-year contract extensions, the NBA club announced Friday.

Myers has overseen a stockpile of talent that brought Golden State three NBA titles and five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in the past five seasons.

Welts handles business operations for the team and has overseen the planning, construction and move into a new $1 billion home arena in San Francisco next season after nearly half a century in nearby Oakland.

“We feel that Rick and Bob are two of the best leaders in professional sports and, quite honestly, in any line of business,” Warriors co-chairman and chief executive Joe Lacob said.

“Their vision, creativity and humility are characteristics that have enabled the Warriors and them personally to accomplish terrific heights in this business.”

Details of their new deals were not revealed.

The Warriors won NBA crowns in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and lost to Cleveland in seven games in 2016 and earlier this month to Toronto in six games after injuries sidelined star forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson.

The Warriors became the first team to reach five consecutive NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics’ record run of 10 in a row ended in 1966.

Welts has more than 40 years of NBA experience, the past eight in his current role for Golden State and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year as a contributor.

Myers completed his eighth season guiding player personnel moves for the Warriors, his third as an operations president. He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.