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Report: Pacers about to hire former Blazers GM Pritchard

Jul 8, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

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Larry Bird didn’t sound like a guy who wanted to hang around much longer, the Indiana Pacers were about to be a team in transition in the front office.

It sounds like they found their guy, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers are in the process of hiring former Portland GM Kevin Pritchard, according to multiple sources.

Its unclear what Pritchard’s role will be w the Pacers but he’ll work under President Larry Bird and GM David Morway, according to sources

He’ll work under them for now, but the guess would be that in a year this will be Pritchard’s ship to steer.

This would be a huge move for the Pacers. Pritchard took over a team nicknamed the “Jail Blazers” because of off-the-court issues and helped build the middle-market Blazers into an up-and-coming team through shrewd draft moves. Ones such as moving to get Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge in the same draft. Had his moves not been undone by the knees of Roy and Greg Oden, the Blazers might well be a serious force in the West right now.

The Blazers let him go reportedly because his relationship with owner Paul Allen had faltered and they thought he was getting too much credit for the changes in Portland.

This could be a signal of a new direction for the Pacers in the post-Bird era. And it looks like a smart move if it comes to pass.

  1. ac0117 - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Still can’t believe Portland’s egomaniacal front office let Pritchard go… this will be a great move for the Pacers.

    • goforthanddie - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Yeah, neither can we. And did you notice how fast Cho got a new job after he got canned?

  2. khandor - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Characterizing this type of move by Larry Legend as being “smart” would be a gigantic understatement. Hiring Pritchard right now, in this capacity, would be a fantastic move by Indiana.

  3. professoressadiesel - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Indy is having a very good offseason. George Hill, Vogel, Brian Shaw, Prichard. The franchise is definitely moving in the right direction. Hopefully they get to showcase it on the court in the near future.

    • tashkalucy - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Congrats to Pacer fans.

      It’s nice to see in the trade for Hill that they’re finally done working with “projects” and positioning to win.

      It will be exciting in Indy when the lockout ends.

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