of Yahoo! Sports reports
that former Portland Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, who was recently hired by the Indiana Pacers, isn't necessarily in line to replace Pacers president Larry Bird.
Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon has heeded Larry Bird’s private and public proclamations that Bird is working his final year as the team’s president, that his staying through the lockout had been a favor to his boss. As Simon investigates possible succession plans, there’s one candidate emerging over everyone else: Pacers legend Reggie Miller.
For now, the Pacers’ front office is waiting to see what happens. All of its executives and scouts are on year-to-year contracts now. GM David Morway would love the chance to replace Bird, but that’s an unlikely scenario, sources said. For some, there was a belief that the hiring of former Portland Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard as director of player personnel could be a precursor to Pritchard’s ascension, but that’s doubtful too. Simon was ambivalent over Pritchard’s hiring, sources say, but allowed Bird the leeway to bring him into the franchise for the next year.
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