Brian Wright will soon become the new general manager for the San Antonio Spurs, according to a report by Jabari Young of The Athletic. Wright has been an assistant GM for the Spurs since August of 2016. Prior to that, he spent nearly eight years moving up the ranks with the Orlando Magic and then worked for the Detroit Pistons as an assistant GM for two years.
RC Buford, who has been the GM in San Antonio since July of 2002, will reportedly move up into a position where he will captain the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment enterprise. Wright will still report directly to Buford after his move to GM becomes official.
According to Young, Wright has played an increasingly large role in the Spurs front office. Last year, he was involved in the Kawhi Leonard trade negotiations. This summer, he led the way in the re-signing of Rudy Gay, and helped orchestrate the trade that brought DeMarre Carroll to San Antonio and allowed the Spurs to sign
Marcus Morris Trey Lyles.
This isn’t the first time there have been rumblings about Buford stepping into a new role. Prior to the Brooklyn Nets hiring away Sean Marks to become their GM back in February of 2016, there was talk of trying to keep Marks in San Antonio by naming him GM and moving Buford up and giving him a new job title.
What Will Be Different With Brian Wright As Spurs GM?
Wright, 36, is considered an up-and-coming star in the industry. This is a momentous promotion for him, as it makes him the logical successor after the Gregg Popovich and Buford run is over.
But in the meantime, this news shouldn’t have too much of an impact on how the Spurs operate. Buford, 58, will become an even more prominent voice in the organization. Considering he has four NBA championship rings as a GM, he will be around for as long as he wants to be around — and rightfully so.
Looking long-term, this move should help further stabilize the organization. Buford will move into an executive role, which will allow him to lead the franchise when the day comes that Popovich, 70, steps away from the Spurs.
Going forward, arguably the most important strength of the entire Spurs franchise is their ability to nail draft picks. With Popovich stepping back years ago when it comes to draft preparation, Buford has been the man mostly responsible for that success as of late.
If Buford remains hands-on once the dust settles after the reorganization of the front office is complete, and all indications are that he will, the Spurs shouldn’t skip a beat. And now with Wright soon to become the Spurs GM, there’s a highly-regarded front office man who can continue to learn from the best as he readies to eventually take full control of the ship at some point in the future.