Larry Bird is stepping down from his role as the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations, The Vertical reports.
Kevin Pritchard, currently the team’s GM and executive vice president of basketball operations, is expected to take over duties previously held by Bird.
Larry Bird is stepping down as Pacers president, league sources tell @TheVertical . Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2017
While Bird is expected to continue working with the Pacers as a consultant, other NBA franchises may come knocking on his door. Per The Vertical, the search firm helping the Magic fill their top basketball executive role is making inquiries into Bird’s availability. While Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the Magic’s first choice, Orlando has yet to ask Cleveland to interview him since the Cavs are still in the playoffs. Orlando fired GM Rob Hennigan earlier this month.
Bird’s tenure as Pacers president began in 2003. He was named NBA executive of the year in 2012.
Prior to becoming president, Bird coached Indiana for three seasons, from 1997-98 through 1999-2000.
The Indiana native and former Boston Celtic is only person in NBA history to have won MVP, coach of the year and executive of the year.
With Paul George’s pending free agency, this summer is a big one for the future of the Pacers, but one in which Bird will not play a prominent role.