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Rick Welts leaving options open for life post-Warriors

Welts has been retained by the Warriors as a consultantGETTY IMAGES

Warriors President & COO RICK WELTS will leave his post at the end of this month, and he said, "Everybody knows exactly what I should do next, except me," according to John Lombardo of SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Welts said, "My plan was to take six months and take a deep breath to kind of relax a little bit, but I don't think my plan is going to be very well executed because I think there's so much exciting stuff going on in our world right now." Lombardo notes Welts "will be honored" at a Warriors team picnic this week." For "some R&R: Welts hopes to take a July trip to Spain for a long-awaited vacation." While he no longer will be running operations, Welts has been "retained by the Warriors as consultant" (SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/21 issue). Welts added, "I promise that I'm never going to be president of another team. That's not what I'm interested in doing, but I'm hoping that there are some real passion jobs out there" In S.F., Rusty Simmons noted Welts "helped maintain a joyful culture in one of the most valuable franchises in all of sports while navigating the Warriors through the coronavirus pandemic, which might eventually be considered among the most impressive parts of his legacy." That is "remarkable" considering Welts' historic career (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/19).

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