HoopsHype Kevin Pritchard rumors

June 8, 2012 Updates

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

June 6, 2012 Updates

Although Martins will not comment about the process, it appears that he has conducted initial interviews with six candidates and has no more interviews scheduled. Martins has shown interest in former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, San Antonio Spurs vice president/assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, Oklahoma City Thunder vice president/assistant general manager Troy Weaver, Thunder assistant GM Rob Hennigan and Indiana Pacers director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard. In addition, CBSSports.com reported that Martins has met with former Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn. Orlando Sentinel

The Magic are nearing the end to their search for a new general manager, but sources say there's no clear frontrunner. The finalists are believed to be San Antonio vice president and assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey, former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower, Oklahoma City executives Troy Weaver and Rob Hennigan, and former Portland general manager and Indiana executive Kevin Pritchard. SI.com

Pritchard also is among Orlando's targets, and a reunion of the duo who had so much success in Portland could be among the options Magic CEO Alex Martins is considering. Pritchard and Penn are friends, worked together effectively with the Blazers and have intersecting skill sets. Pritchard's strength is personnel, and while Penn also has a strong background evaluating players, his key skills are creative cap management, the ability to put together complicated, multi-team trades and long-term roster and payroll planning. All of those could prove valuable to the Magic if, in fact, they wind up having to trade Dwight Howard this summer. CBSSports.com

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A source close to the decision making process within the Orlando Magic organization has informed me that the team is close, and likely to name their new General Manager by the end of the week. Many names have surfaced as potential candidates with many of them set to be interviewed in the next few days. Jeff Bower, Spurs Assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Thunder Assistant GM Rob Hennigan, Kevin Pritchard, Mitch Kupchak and Donnie Walsh have all been rumored to be potential candidates. magicbasketballonline.com

May 28, 2012 Updates
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

April 4, 2012 Updates
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The firm belief by those with a pulse on the situation: Simon is more apt to choose a marquee name like Reggie Miller or Chris Mullin as opposed to promoting the people on site, general manager David Moray or personnel director Kevin Pritchard. New York Post

March 16, 2012 Updates

Kevin Pritchard: A persons true character is determined how you act during trying times. Not when everything is great! I know Kaleb will soar!!! #blazers Twitter

February 13, 2012 Updates
December 27, 2011 Updates

Like many of us, Kevin Pritchard’s ears perked up when he heard about Paul Allen’s sitdown with the Portland media last week. But Pritchard isn’t at liberty to convey his side of the story on the conversation that Allen said led to the dismissal of the club’s former general manager on draft night in June 2010. Like all Blazer employees who are fired, Pritchard was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to receive severance pay. “It was a private conversation,” is what Pritchard would say Monday when I reached him via telephone in Florida, where he was with family for the holidays. “It’s between me and Mr. Allen.” Portland Tribune

Pritchard – now Indiana’s director of player personnel – had set up the club’s strategy leading up to the draft. They were both in the “war room” at the practice facility on draft night when the owner said he stepped out “to get a breath of fresh air.” “Kevin tracked me down and said, ‘You’ve already decided to let me go,’ " Allen recalled. “I said, ‘No, I haven’t.’ He said, ‘No, you really should. Can I just meet with Larry (Miller, the team president) the next day and we’ll part ways?’ I was like, ‘OK, really?’ " Allen said the two discussed the owner’s concerns about Pritchard’s performance during his three years as Portland’s GM, and that Pritchard “asked to be let go multiple times. He kept coming back to it: ‘Let’s just part ways.’ " Portland Tribune

Word was that club higher-ups, including Allen, felt Pritchard was taking too much credit in the media for the club’s rise to respectability following the Jail Blazer era. And that Pritchard helped his pal, assistant GM Tom Penn, attempt to get a pay raise and perhaps more prominence in the organization after interviewing for the GM job in Minnesota. There was some feeling in the organization, too, that Pritchard had acquiesced too easily in signing Brandon Roy to a maximum contract when there was at least some concern about his knees. Portland Tribune

December 20, 2011 Updates

Allen said he arrived at the team’s draft headquarters with no intentions of firing Pritchard. But during a break, Pritchard approached him. “I went out to get some fresh air and Kevin tracked me down and basically said, ‘Well, you have already decided to let me go.’ And I said, ‘No. I haven’t,’ ‘‘ Allen said. “He said, ‘Well, you really should. Can I just meet with Larry (Miller) the next day and we will part ways?’ And I was like, “OK...Really?” Allen said Pritchard “kept coming back” at him about being fired. He said Pritchard asked Allen what his concerns were, and after Allen told him, Pritchard again asked to be let go. “He asked to be let go, multiple time,’’ Allen said. Oregonian

When asked if he would have kept him had Pritchard not probed so hard, Allen sounded doubtful. “I had some real concerns. We would have had to have a deep discussion where he would have said he would have changed some things. A real heart to heart,’’ Allen said. “But it was clear he decided to go a different direction.’’ Oregonian

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