The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers previously had interest in hiring Nico Harrison for a front office position. Harrison was recently hired away from Nike to run the front office of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks hired Harrison to replace Donnie Nelson.

The Spurs instead elevated Brian Wright to general manager in 2019.

It is not known when the Lakers pursued Harrison, but they knew him well after his extensive work with Kobe Bryant.