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Report: Pacers’ Bird to replace GM Morway with Pritchard

Jun 9, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

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Larry Bird has decided to return as the guy steering the ship for the Indiana Pacers, but he is bringing in a new No. 2.

Bird is replacing existing general manager David Morway with a guy down the Pacers ladder, former Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at

Despite joining the organization as a subordinate to Morway, Pritchard rapidly usurped power and influence since his hiring a year ago, league sources said. Pacers owner Herb Simon and Morway were wary of bringing Pritchard into the organization, sources said, but Bird trusts Pritchard’s counsel and has pushed for this change….

The Pacers’ move is largely baffling to league executives who believe Morway played a significant part in the franchise’s rise to contention in the Eastern Conference this season. Morway helped replenish the Pacers through the draft and trades. Indiana lost in six games to the Miami Heat in the East semifinals.

When was the last time a successful GM was let go just after the team’s best season in a while? Something smells a little odd.

Morway will not be unemployed for long. He reportedly has been interviewed for the Orlando job and had been in the running for the Portland job before they went with Clippers GM Neil Olshey (Los Angeles is another open job, while we’re talking about it).

  1. snoopy2014 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Do we really know how many of the Pacers personnel moves were made by Morway and how many had Pritchard’s fingerprints on them?

    Don’t know much about Morway. But I suspect this has more to do with Pritchard than anything else. The guy did a phenomenal job in Portland and if you can stomach his spotlight-seeking personality, you get a top-flight GM.

    I’ve always thought it strange that after his work in Portland, Pritchard couldn’t find another job as a head GM. Yes, Allen had the money and bought the draft picks – but that doesn’t discount the excellent scouting that Pritchard did.

  2. diamondmo33 - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Greg oden?

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