Rockets vice president for basketball operations Dennis Lindsey accepted an offer to replace Sam Presti as the Spurs assistant general manager.
Though Lindsey's title has not been determined, he is expected to serve in a capacity similar to Presti's and his own with the Rockets.
"It took a very special and unique situation for me to move from Houston," Lindsey said. "There's not too many people in the league as attractive to work with as R.C. (Buford, the Spurs general manager) and Pop, (Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach). I think it will be good for my professional development. I want to learn from them."
Lindsey, 38, has been with the Rockets for 11 years. Though he was thought to be groomed to succeed Carroll Dawson as general manager, he said there was no residual disappointment from Rockets owner Leslie Alexander's decision to hire Daryl Morey and that decision played no role his move to the Spurs.
"That's not the reason I'm leaving," Lindsey said. "I was just fresh out of college (at Baylor), coached two years in high school, two years in junior college. Leslie and Carroll and Rudy (Tomjanovich) threw me a basketball lifeline to better myself in basketball. Was I disappointed not getting the job? Yeah. In another sense, Leslie gave me a great opportunity work to with a great organization in a city I love and I'm from.
"I'm widening my network, learning a different system and a different way to do things. I worked for one great organization. Now I'm going to another great organization and hopefully, if I'm competing for future jobs in basketball, it will set me apart from other candidates."