General manager R.C. Buford has had a huge hand in the San Antonio Spurs' success over the last decade and a half, but he's stepping aside to take a new role in the organization, according to The Athletic's Jabari Young.

Assistant GM Brian Wright will replace Buford, who will move into an unspecified role, the report states.

Wright would continue to report to Buford in the new hierarchy.

Buford and Spurs coach and president Gregg Popovich have worked together since 1994, when Buford was hired as the team's head scout. The two have won five championships during that time, including four since Buford was named general manager.

Buford twice was named the NBA's Executive of the Year (2014 and 2016).

Wright joined the Spurs in 2016, having worked his way up from an intern with the Orlando Magic in the mid-2000s to assistant general manager with the Detroit Pistons.

--Field Level Media

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