By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Athletic, San Anronio Spurs General Manger R.C. Buford will move into a new role in the organization in the near furure. It is expected that Buford’s assistant will be the team’s new GM.
In addition, in The Athletic post, Brian Wright will get the new GM post. He also helped and advanced through the organization in the past year.
Last summer, he helped Buford field offers for disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard. He was eventually traded in a blockbuster deal to the Toronto Raptors with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Pöltl and a 2019 1st round draft pick.
Reporter Jabari Young — who wrote the story for The Athletic — reported that Buford will take over a leadership role within Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Young also said Buford has been taking business and leadership classes.
During his 15-plus seasons as the Spurs GM, he helped guide the team to several championships for a small market team. Despite having the moniker as a small market team, it is one of the premier teams to play for in the league.
Buford’s philosophy has been to develop through the draft. He drafted Leonard, who became a star with the team before having friction with the team during the 2017-18 season due to an injury.
Very rarely did he make a big free agent splash. The last big free agent he signed was LaMarcus Aldridge, who he was able to pry away from the Portland Trail Blazers once he became a free agent.
Since Buford joined the team in 1994, as their head scout at the time, the Spurs have won five championships.