The sale of the Seattle Sonics opens the possibility of Rick Sund becoming available as a head of operations/GM elsewhere. If GSW GM Chris Mullin can't pull the trigger to unload his own bad contracts is there any reason to keep him on? Whether due to the loyalty to "his" players or the contracts now creating an albatros on the franchise, no changes doom the team to a repeat (or worse) of last year. Younger players may improve but that is unlikely to get GS to the playoffs. From now until training camp opens there remains a time frame for trades since newly acquired players become available as their trade restrictions slip away. In the case of GS that means the Utah players from the Fisher trade (and more significantly their contracts) come into play. This could be the silver lining in having to unload Fisher's contract, at least it was done early enough to use their contracts. Would hiring a new GM now make sense? Probably not. It would take time for a new GM to assess the roster, making trades before training camp unlikely. But after the season opens to December would be the perfect time for a new GM to assess the roster and search the league for talent with the goal of using the mid-season trading deadline to pull the trigger.
Similarly, if Mully can't change the roster would he have the courage to elevate Mario Elie as coach? Or even take over himself? Usually firing the head coach they hired is the second to last move a GM makes (the last is packing their own office). But short of a roster change (and we do not mean a Knick-style $30m offer to Jared Jeffries), this may well be the last option Mully has to improve the situation.
What other GM/Coaching prospects are attractive? Brown spurned them previously and there is little reason to think he wouldn't again. Who does that leave that could have a chance to spark some life into this franchise?
Nomination season has begun, submissions welcome.