HoopsHype David Morway rumors

February 2, 2011 Updates

"Owner Herb Simon came out this week and backed Larry Bird, said he wants him back next season," Berger said. "So that should be a strong indication that Larry and general manager David Morway will be back. Their contracts are both up. With the vote of confidence from Herb Simon, who, by all indications, is happy with the direction if not the results. I think as long as Larry wants to be back, he will be." CBSSports.com

February 1, 2011 Updates
January 31, 2011 Updates

Bird and general manager David Morway have been frustrated for some time with O'Brien's habit of leaning on veterans and publicly castigating his younger core in the hopes of turning the Pacers' season around. In a news conference Sunday on NBA TV, Bird said it became clear Friday night when the Pacers got blown out by the Magic that a change needed to be made. Jim O'Brien's preference for veteran players is at the root of the Pacers' firing him Sunday. (Getty Images) "I was on the West Coast trip and Mr. [owner Herb] Simon was out there," Bird said. "And I told him at the time that I felt comfortable with Jimmy moving forward, but you never know. I wanted to see how we played on the trip. The Orlando game was over after the first three minutes, and that's when I decided we probably needed to do something." CBSSports.com

January 29, 2011 Updates

Having said that, if Bird decides to walk away, the domino effect could be significant. The key player in this whose future would appear to be most uncertain is O'Brien, to whom Bird recently gave a faint vote of confidence by saying he'll be evaluated after the season. Currently, there are no plans to make an in-season coaching change, but Pacers officials wouldn't rule it out if the losing continues. CBSSports.com

January 22, 2011 Updates

One complaint about O'Brien is the strange way he divvies up minutes: Tyler Hansbrough plays 36 minutes one night, posting 23 points and 12 rebounds, and just 23 minutes the next; Paul George plays 21 minutes one night, four the next. GM David Morway could also be in trouble after the season, and league scuttlebutt has former Portland GM Kevin Pritchard as a likely replacement. Pritchard was close to being hired as the replacement for Rod Thorn in New Jersey, but the Nets, of course, settled on Billy King. ESPN.com

November 21, 2010 Updates

When you look at all the teams that should be trying to make some sort of deal to improve their club, the Indiana Pacers are certainly on the list. With loads of promising youth, a gaping hole at the power forward spot, and almost $26 million in expiring contracts to work with, the Pacers are certainly in great position to dangle some intriguing offers. Team GM David Morway, however, says the team is in a good place right now, and immediate changes aren't something he feels are particularly necessary. "We like our team right now," Morway said before his team's tough home loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. "We like the combination next year of our young players and our veteran players. We like the chemistry in our locker room and what we're building here, so we're not actively pursuing any trades right now." HoopsWorld

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