You can't fault them for trying. The Los Angeles Lakers aim to hire a general manager to work with new president Magic Johnson, and as part of that process they recently made a run at Bob Myers, current GM of the first-place Golden State Warriors.
That's according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who called Myers the Lakers' top target:
Before the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss on Tuesday, the franchise had already moved away from trying to pursue the Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers, the franchise’s original top target for general manager, league sources told The Vertical.
It's understandable why Myers would decline the offer, of course. The Warriors just added Kevin Durant in the offseason and are hoping to re-install themselves as NBA champions after winning a title two years ago and finishing one win short last summer. Myers could be credited with one of the best teams of all time if he sees it through and wins a few more championships.
Running the Lakers would be a great gig for any GM, to be fair. But giving up what Myers has already built just a few hours up the road doesn't seem like a smart decision.
The Lakers felt it was worth asking and it's hard to blame them. Myers is undeniably among the best executives in the sport.