After facing a first-round exit for the second consecutive season, San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has a few questions to ponder in the offseason.
Another exciting year of San Antonio Spurs basketball came to a close with a devastating Game Seven loss at the Pepsi Center against the rising Denver Nuggets. With the cards stacked against them, this year’s Spurs group rallied around each other to create a fun, winning environment that exceeded many of the expectations placed on them from last year’s offseason.
This served as a transitionary year for the franchise, moving on from the core of the 2014 championship team and the dynasty of previous seasons. With Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green on to their next ventures, the Spurs turned to an unlikely core of players to learn the system and adapt to the heated Western Conference.
While Gregg Popovich is the mastermind heading the basketball components of the organization, general manager R.C. Buford is behind the scenes building his own legacy by finding talent in unlikely places and putting Pop in the best position to succeed.
A first-round exit, while anticipated, was not an ideal outcome for this organization; especially after succumbing to the Golden State dynasty in the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
Buford has his work cut out for him this offseason, especially when considering the team’s questionable payroll and opportunity to grow the roster with two first-round picks. For as important as loyalty is to the dynasty’s success, sometimes changes are necessary for the betterment of the team.
The general manger will have his work cut out for him this summer.