HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

June 4, 2014 Updates

Bird and coach Frank Vogel both talked Monday about considering trades, and Bird even suggested he might make a move to get back into the first round. He traded the Pacers' top pick to Phoenix last summer for Luis Scola. But they expect most of the changes to come from the roster that already exists. "I think with internal growth we can, but we're going to look at all the external possibilities as well," Vogel said. "We're going to try and make sure we grow this team in the right direction. We've gone from the first round (in 2011) to the second round (in 2012) to the third round the last two years and now we've got to take that next step next year." USA Today Sports

June 3, 2014 Updates

"Roy's never asked us to go bring someone in," Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, said. "I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that." ESPN.com

Bird said he's not sure what's to blame for Hibbert's inconsistent play. He said he talked to Hibbert briefly a number of times during the season and the center would ask him, "What do you see?" "When Roy loses his confidence, he struggles at times," Bird said. "I hope he can come back strong. I hope he can do the things necessary to get better." Bird said he hasn't talked to Hibbert about his summer plans yet but believes Hibbert is willing to do what it takes to improve for next season. "I think Roy is open to about anything, anything that he thinks would make himself a better basketball player," he said. ESPN.com

June 2, 2014 Updates

Candace Buckner: Bird disappointed in Lance's antics taking away from Game 5 victory. Believes he needs to mature and when that happens, sky's the limit Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

Candace Buckner: Bird: "I don't really know if (coming off the bench) hurt (Evan)." But he loved his game, wherever he's at next year he'll avg 17 ppg Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

Chris Mannix: Reiterating what he has told anyone who has asked him, Larry Bird says Frank Vogel's job was never in jeopardy. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

June 1, 2014 Updates

But it's time for Bird to take his share of responsibility for the problems that engulfed the Pacers after a cavalcade of suspect moves. He faces another important offseason. He needs a quality playmaker and a better bench, and he must decide what to do with free agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson and struggling All-Star center Roy Hibbert. Stephenson's antics rankled Bird and other executives around the league who are contemplating offering the shooting guard a big contract. Bird told Stephenson to cut the antics before Game 6, but the 23-year-old didn't listen, drawing a flagrant foul and sticking his hands in LeBron James' face. USA Today Sports

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