Long-time Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been discussed as a potential candidate to run the Kings upon completing their move to Seattle, Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Monday morning.

Citing anonymous sources, Wojnarowski said former Pacers president Larry Bird is also under consideration.

An ownership group led by financier Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Howard Ballmer have reached an agreement to purchase the Kings for a reported $525 million and move them from Sacramento to Seattle for next season. Current Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who built the flashy core that contended for the NBA title in the early 2000s, is in the final year of his contract and will not be retained, according to Wojnarowski's sources.

Wojnarowski also reports the need for an "extraordinary" offer to entice Buford to leave San Antonio, where he's forged a reputation as one of the NBA's premier executives.

Working under the guidance of head coach/team overseer Gregg Popovich, Buford has played a major role in building the Spurs into one of the most consistent franchises in North American professional sports.

In addition to drafting key players like Tony Parker (28th overall, 2001) and Manu Ginobili (57th, 1999) with lesser picks, the Spurs are on pace to win at least 50 games for a 14th straight season despite a resource base dwarfed by richer franchises based in larger markets.

Buford broke into the NBA in 1988 as an assistant to Larry Brown, who brought the young coach with him to San Antonio from the University of Kansas. He followed Brown to his next job with the Los Angeles Clippers before returning to the Spurs in 1994 as their head scout. Popovich would later tab Buford to take over his role as general manager in 2002, with both working hand-in-hand to keep the Spurs atop the NBA standings.