Sources: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president

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Sources: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president

Post by gyso on Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:17 pm

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/sources-larry-bird-stepping-pacers-president-164429698.html

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird is stepping down, ending his second tenure running the franchise’s basketball operations, league sources told The Vertical.

Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard will replace Bird as the franchise’s top basketball decision-maker, league sources told The Vertical.

Bird is planning to remain with the organization in a consulting role, sources said.

Bird leaves the franchise at a crucial crossroads, with possible free agency looming for franchise star Paul George in the summer of 2018. The Pacers will have to decide on whether to continue to work on selling George on a future with the franchise, or consider the possibility of trading him to extract maximum value before George can leave in free agency.

The Pacers’ front office includes assistant GM Peter Dinwiddie, director of scouting Ryan Carr and consultant Donnie Walsh.

Bird’s contract is expiring at season’s end, which could allow him to become a candidate elsewhere.

The Orlando Magic are searching for a president and general manager, and the search firm running the Magic’s process has been asking other league executives about Bird as a possible candidate, sources told The Vertical. For now, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the top candidate in the Magic’s search, but Orlando hasn’t yet asked for permission to speak with Griffin, largely because of the Cavaliers’ playoff status, sources said.

The Pacers went 42-40 this season and were swept by the Cavaliers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Bird coached the Pacers from 1997-2000, compiling a 147-67 record. His two stints as the Pacers’ president were from 2003-12 and from 2013 until now.

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Post by Shamrock1000 on Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:26 pm

Am I the only one who thinks this might indicate the Pacers will move on from Paul George or that Paul George will move on from the Pacers? Will this affect our plans this summer? Of all the names thrown around, I think George could be the best fit for this Celtics team. I can't believe he is really willing to waste his prime with a young lottery-bound Lakers team just because he grew up rooting for them. Hopefully his agent is enough of a professional to set him straight if he is...

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Re: Sources: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president

Post by bobheckler on Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:35 pm

Rich Levine @rich_levine
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Paul George feels much more available with Bird out.
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Re: Sources: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president

Post by kdp59 on Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:36 am

buying George on an expiring contract, with his love for Lakers well known, could be a dicey proposition.
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