Current Indiana Pacers Assistant General Manager Kevin Pritchard will be named General Manager once Larry Bird is promoted to Team President, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
Pritchard has become a favorite of Bird’s since his hiring as the Pacers’ director of player personnel a year ago. Pritchard’s promotion will spell the end of David Morway’s successful tenure as GM, sources said.
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.
Both Pritchard and David Morway, the current General Manager in Indiana, were considered candidates for Orlando’s open GM spot. However, a report from Bill Ingram of Hoops World Thursday said the Magic were down to Dennis Lindsey, Tom Penn and Troy Weaver.
This would explain why Pritchard is not a finalist for the Orlando job.
Plus, what could this mean for Penn? Penn worked under Pritchard in Portland.
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