HoopsHype David Morway rumors

June 23, 2012 Updates

Larry Bird talked like he wants to remain as president during his season-ending press conference last month as long as his meeting with Simon went well. Bird wants Kevin Pritchard, the team’s director of player personnel, to be his new general manager. David Morway, who was the team’s general manager, hasn’t been around the team in more than two weeks. Walsh has attended some of the Pacers predraft workouts at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, according to sources. Indianapolis Star

June 10, 2012 Updates

Bird no longer has a relationship with soon-to-be ousted general manager David Morway, according to multiple sources. Sources say the fizzled relationship is the one of the main reasons why Bird plans to replace Morway with Kevin Pritchard as general manager once Bird agrees to a new deal with owner Herb Simon to remain as president when the two meet later this week. Indianapolis Star

The Pacers had agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would have sent Josh McRoberts to Memphis for Mayo because the Grizzlies were trying to shed salary. Sources say it was Morway that caused the deal to “fall apart” because he pushed the Grizzlies to take swingman Brandon Rush. Morway often negotiated with teams, and then Bird would step in and make the final decision. Bird was seething over the blown deal, according to sources. He had lost any remaining trust in Morway after that. Indianapolis Star

June 9, 2012 Updates
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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. Yahoo! Sports

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David Morway, the general manager of the Indiana Pacers, is believed by many to be the favored candidate of Blazers president Larry Miller. Meanwhile, if you believe insiders, Allen confidante Bert Kolde is pushing for Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. Trouble is, Olshey is a client of agent Warren LeGarie. Remember, LeGarie also represented former Blazers GMs John Nash and Kevin Pritchard as well as ex-assistant general manager Tom Penn. You'd think Allen wouldn't want to eat at that restaurant again. Also involved is former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. And I was told by someone close to the search that Allen had taken a sudden interest in Philadelphia 76ers senior vice president Tony DiLeo. Perhaps because Allen likes DiLeo, but maybe, too, because nobody in his inner circle seems to agree on the other candidates. Oregonian

The Trail Blazers have narrowed their search for a general manager to three finalists and expect to hire a candidate “soon,” team president Larry Miller said on Tuesday. The finalists are believed to be former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower; Indiana general manager David Morway and Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. Agent Steve Kauffman confirmed Allen interviewed Bower and Morway early this month, and Ken Berger of CBSsports.com reported that Olshey interviewed with Allen recently in London. “We’ve had three people in front of Paul, and now we are down to the vetting process and checking backgrounds,’’ Miller said on Tuesday. “We’ve done a lot of that already, so we should be able to move fairly quickly. We will talk through the decision and talk details ... it could happen pretty soon.’’ Oregonian

Larry Miller said Tuesday the Trail Blazers have narrowed the list of candidates for their vacant general manager position to three, “and we are pretty close to making a decision.” “We are in the final vetting stages of seeing whether we can make a hire,” said Portland’s team president, who refused to lay a time line for the decision. Portland Tribune

May 24, 2012 Updates

The Magic also are interested in speaking with Pacers general manager David Morway and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, both of whom have interviewed twice for the Trail Blazers' opening, and former Portland GM and current Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard, sources said. CBSSports.com

May 21, 2012 Updates

So the Magic embark on a coaching and front-office search, and there should be no shortage of big names and capable people available. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, who has interviewed twice for the Trail Blazers' GM post, vaults to the top of the list to replace Smith. Bower and Martins worked together in New Orleans, and Bower is widely regarded as one of the shrewdest executives in the business. David Morway, the Pacers' GM who also has interviewed twice for the Portland job, should be considered. CBSSports.com

May 16, 2012 Updates

The Trail Blazers' search for a general manager will likely include "two or three" more candidates, who will join Jeff Bower and David Morway as finalists, president Larry Miller said. Bower, the former New Orleans general manager, and Morway, the general manager of the Pacers, are the only candidates who have interviewed with owner Paul Allen. "We are still looking to get a least a few more people in front of Paul ... at least two or three," Miller said. "We are still going through the process of determining who those folks are." Oregonian

Last week, CSNNW.com brought to light a 2005 story from the San Diego Tribune that reported Morway was sued by former Major League pitcher Greg W. Harris for fraud and racketeering while Morway was his agent. The matter was settled in 1999 for an undisclosed amount. Before joining the NBA in 1999, Morway was the founder and owner of Professional Excellence Sports, Inc., a sports agency. Miller this week said he was aware of the claims made against Morway, but said "I wouldn't say it is a deterrent" in Morway's candidacy. "We are going to do our due diligence," Miller said. "We would do it anyway with any potential candidate, and it's the same with him. It's something we felt like we needed to learn more about. There is always two sides, and there is always what is out there, and what really happened. So we are trying to figure out what happened." Oregonian

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