It’s no secret, the San Antonio Spurs produce many quality front office personnel. From Sam Presti in Oklahoma City to former Portland Trailblazers’ GM, Kevin Pritchard, having the “San Antonio Spurs” on a resume will open doors for you for other front office positions in the NBA.
This cycle continues today as current Spurs’ GM, R.C. Buford, has already interviewed for the vacant Blazers’ GM position after Pritchard was fired from the Trailblazers after last night’s NBA Draft.
Hot on the news that GM Kevin Pritchard will be escorted out the door after tonight’s draft comes word from Brian T. Smith of the Columbian that the Blazers have already interviewed Spurs GM R.C. Buford and Thunder GM Sam Presti for the job. With owner Paul Allen’s deep pockets, Portland might make an offer one of those two can’t refuse. (source sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Buford has been a main cog in the Spurs machine when it comes to bringing in new players whether it be through the draft or free agency. He has been the architect for the Spurs which was able to capture four NBA titles.
Should Buford accept the job, this would be a loss which would rank right high just as any star player leaving the team.
R.C. Buford set the record straight and said he is not interested in the Blazers G.M. position or did he interview with Portland:
Buford, whose official title is president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports and Entertainment, on Friday said he had not interviewed for the Portland job and had no plans to do so.
“It looks like you’re stuck with me until (Spurs chairman) Peter (Holt) gets tired of me,” Buford said.