HoopsHype Donnie Walsh rumors


July 24, 2012 Updates

Most front office people bring in their own personnel. But it was pretty obvious that general manager Kevin Pritchard would be elevated in the front office. How much did you know about him before this? Donnie Walsh: "I had dinner with Kevin when I first came back. I really didn't know him when I came in. Larry had already recommended him to Herb, (former general manager) David Morway was already gone, so when I walked in here, I knew he was going to be here. I've really enjoyed working with him. He's exactly the kind of guy I want to work with. I still make some calls, but he's really good at working the phones. I think sharing ideas -- he's been a general manager before -- is great. The way I see myself doing the job now, he's a perfect fit for me. I've got confidence in him. He's somebody I really enjoy talking about basketball with him." Indianapolis Star

July 23, 2012 Updates

Was there any hesitation in coming back? Donnie Walsh: "No, not at all. The minute Herb asked me, I told him I'll come back. We didn't discuss terms or anything like that. We'll always have a handshake agreement. I had to talk to Larry first. He told me he was going to go away for a year. I told him, 'I'll be here, and whenever you want to come back, you come back.' I want him to come back." Indianapolis Star

Donnie Walsh: "We're going to spend the rest of the summer looking to see if there's anything else we can do. The reason is, you have to look at the other teams. I think New York is going to be better. Miami is going to be better. Miami ended up developing into a team. That's why they won the title last season. Brooklyn is going to be better. We have to go up a level. This team has taken a step each of the past two years. This team is together. They are really committed to trying to become a contending team. Indianapolis Star

June 27, 2012 Updates

The Indiana Pacers made it official this morning that president Larry Bird is leaving the team and former CEO Donnie Walsh is returning to the team. "I feel sad to announce that Larry is leaving us," owner Herb Simon said. "Larry could have stayed here as long as he wants, but he has his own reasons." Indianapolis Star

June 26, 2012 Updates
June 25, 2012 Updates

Ex-Knicks president Donnie Walsh, ousted by Garden chairman Jim Dolan last June after he was offered a 40% pay cut, is returning to the Indiana Pacers. Walsh, the long-time Indiana CEO before he came to New York to rebuild the Knicks, will be leading the Pacers in their efforts to land free agents starting when the period opens Sunday, league sources said Monday. The team's No. 1 priority is to re-sign point guard George Hill, a restricted free agent, and sources said Walsh will be spearheading the team's efforts to keep Hill. New York Daily News

June 23, 2012 Updates

There’s a possibility that former CEO Donnie Walsh will return to the franchise in some capacity, multiple sources told The Star. It’s uncertain what role Walsh will play with the franchise. That question should be answered next week when team owner Herb Simon returns to Indianapolis for meetings to help clear up the team’s murky front office situation. Indianapolis Star

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 6, 2012 Updates
June 4, 2012 Updates
June 2, 2012 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.