The NBA’s favorite rumor subject is back in the news. Phil Jackson may (or may not) be heading to Seattle.
News broke last week that a majority stake in the Sacramento Kings had been purchased by the Maloof family and that the team could land in Seattle by 2013. In addition to getting a new city, the team will reportedly be getting a new font office. And at the top of that list is Phil Jackson.
Jackson is reportedly a “lock” to take over the general manager position from Geoff Petrie when the team moves to Seattle.
Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey writes:
“Source says almost living lock Phil Jackson will become front office face of Seattle-bound Kings’ franchise. Won’t coach. Will mentor choice.”
And the Kings aren’t stopping with just one NBA legend. Rant Sports reports that the team is also reportedly looking at Larry Bird to join the front office. San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford is also reportedly on the list of options for Seattle.
Of course, all of this is a little premature. The deal to bring the Kings to Seattle hasn’t been finalized yet and Jackson hasn’t made any comment about becoming a general manager.
Jackson, who retired in 2011, nearly returned to a head coaching position with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year. Jackson reportedly wanted the job so it isn’t too far of a stretch to see Jackson stepping out of retirement again. But will it be in Seattle?