Bob Myers was an agent before he became the Golden State Warriors general manager, and he’s made a habit of charming media personalities and deftly playing the spin game on radio segments.
In other words, everything he says is both palatable and calculated at the same time. In a recent interview with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger on KNBR, Myers was asked about possibly acquiring a stretch 4 (a player who can ostensibly guard power forwards while “stretching” the defense out to the three-point line). This has become a topic of conversation lately, in large part because Steve Kerr said he wouldn’t mind if the team acquired a player who fits that profile.
Kerr was asked if he saw Draymond Green as a “starting stretch 4,” and he said while Green is “terrific,” he also saw him as “perfect in the role” of “jack of all trades.” The way Kerr labeled Green makes it difficult to come to any other conclusion than he sees him as a sixth man type, at least for now.
Based on Myers’ response to Krueger’s question about acquiring a stretch 4, he either disagrees with Kerr’s assertion or thinks it’s fine to have your best/only stretch 4 coming off the bench.
“Draymond I think actually did a pretty good job. If he can get his three-point percentage up a little bit, and I saw him in the facility the other day and talked about it. If he can get his three-point percentage up in the high 30s, even to 40, that would be phenomenal. That’s all you can do as a stretch 4.
“He actually did some of that for us in the latter part of the season. But as far as adding players, we have our midlevel exception, which is a good tool to use if you want to add players. But I honestly thought Draymond can become that guy. And I honestly wouldn’t want to take him off the floor too much, because you want to find minutes for Draymond, you want to find minutes for Barnes.”
Myers also spoke briefly about Klay Thompson, who becomes a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
“He’s a great player. He’s going to get paid a lot of money. We want to keep him. He deserves it. I think if you look at two guards in the NBA, he’d have to be in the top five. It be hard to find many guys better than him at his position that can play both ways. It’s a negotiation, just like any of these things.”
By now you might be thinking, “Hey BASG, what the hell does that headline have to do with anything you’ve written so far?”
Who’s the best stretch 4 in the world? One could make an argument for Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki, but Kevin Love is the stretch 4 who holds the most value due to age and mileage, and he’s very available right now since he wants out of Minnesota.
In order for the Warriors to get Love, they’d probably have to part with David Lee (if the T-Wolves are at all interested) and two of these three players: Harrison Barnes, Green and Thompson. This is where the first paragraph comes in — is Myers satisfied with Green, Thompson and whatever the midlevel buys, or is he boosting the respective trade values of Green and Thompson — as much as one can on a regional sports talk show — in hopes of prying Love away from Minnesota?
Also, one last thing that has absolutely nothing to do with stretch 4s or possible trades. Myers wasn’t in a mood to discuss private conversations with players in the wake of Mark Jackson’s firing, but he made a comment about Stephen Curry’s summer plans in an attempt to show that there are no hard feelings between the team’s best player and ownership.
“Steph’s even going to stay at Joe’s house in Pebble Beach when he’s got his camp down there,” Myers said. “Everybody’s on the right path now.”