Before Rick Welts left the Suns on Sept. 15, he told The Associated Press that he’s not exactly “ready to go play golf or go on a speaking tour” because he still feels he has much to give to the sports industry.
Turns out he stayed out of the NBA for less than two weeks as the Golden State Warriors hired Welts as their president and chief operating officer on Monday.
The Warriors job provides the best of both worlds for Welts as he can manage an on the rise NBA team’s business operations while living in Northern California with his partner.
“His track record in all facets of the business — sponsorship, marketing, public relations, event management, team services, merchandising — and his ability to be strategically creative and cutting-edge make him the ideal candidate to lead our organization,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob told AP. “Quite honestly, I’m convinced that we could not have found a better candidate for the job.”
It would be easy to assume Welts knew about this opportunity with the Warriors when he surprisingly quit the Suns in early September, but Paul Coro tweeted that’s not the case, writing that Suns owner Robert Sarver called Lacob to recommend Welts and that this all came together in a week.