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The new Seattle ownership group was interested in bringing in R.C. Buford to build a team that has struggled of late in Sacramento, but the San Antonio Spurs general manager seems fine where he is.
The ownership group that will move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle reportedly wanted to bring in San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford to head up their new-look Sonics, but Spurs officials laughed off the idea of the longtime front office official leaving for Seattle -- or anyplace else, for that matter.
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Buford has been with the Spurs since 1994 and has been the team's general manager since 2002, after serving as the team's president for five years. They've had success that's hard to match with Buford in the fold, winning four titles, three since he took over as general manager. Needless to say, it will be difficult for anybody to pry Buford from San Antonio, as a source told Spurs reporter Mike Monroe:
"He loves living in San Antonio and loves what we have built here," the source said. "You could probably find about 25 of the other 29 franchises that would like to have R.C., so the speculation is understandable, but he's staying with the Spurs."
The new Seattle ownership group was reportedly considering either Buford or Larry Bird to be in charge of revamping a franchise that has had little success of late in Sacramento, and seemingly would have offered a lot - including stake in the team and autonomy - to get Buford. But if the source is telling the truth about Buford's desire to stay with the Spurs, it seems like it will be tougher to pry Buford from San Antonio than it was to get the Kings from Sacramento.