David Morway Rumors
With the tenets of “Moneyball” now employed in the front offices of every major sport, perhaps it was inevitable that professional teams would turn to emotion metrics and neuroscience tools to try to gain an edge in evaluating players. “We spend quite a bit of time evaluating the players as basketball players and analytically,” said David Morway, Milwaukee’s assistant general manager, who works for the owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. “But the difficult piece of the puzzle is the psychological side of it, and not only psychological, character and personality issues, but also team chemistry issues.”
Is Larry Sanders in the team’s future plans? David Morway: Absolutely. Yeah, yeah. Larry is in our future plans. We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago. He is a defensive presence and a game changer on the court. So when you have his length along with Giannis, Jabari Parker, John Henson and then Zaza Pachulia, Damien Inglis, who is very long, and if you play Khris Middleton at the two… We are a fairly long team. We’ve got good experience with OJ Mayo, Jerryd Bayless… And we like Kendall Marshall. So we are excited for next year.
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Charles F. Gardner: Bucks GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway not in jeopardy and no one interviewed for their positions, source said.
Later, when I spoke to Lasry and Edens one-on-one, I asked them if Hammond and Morway would definitively be part of the organization next season. Lasry said, “I have a ton of respect for John and David. I think they know their stuff. I would tell you I don’t think that we (he and Edens) know our stuff (about basketball dealings). They are very good and have a phenomenal track record, so that’s no issue for us.” So they will then be a part of the Bucks next season? “I think so,” Lasry said. “Absolutely.”
There was widespread chatter among Bucks officials and even some NBA executives that Kohl was livid with Hammond and, if he had maintained ownership of the team, would have fired him after the season. But Hammond, the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2009-2010, is still overseeing the basketball operations and Drew is heavily involved in draft preparations. Thursday, during an informal gathering with a group of media, Lasry and Edens expressed their support for Hammond, Drew and Morway. “I think, on the basketball side right now, John, David and Larry, at least from all the dealings we’ve had, they have been doing a great job,” Lasry said.
The futures of Hammond and Morway are uncertain after the recent sale of the team to finance executives Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, and the new owners have at least held initial discussions about possible replacements, per sources around the league. But the growing consensus is that the current front office will have another year to make this lottery pick and hope the nucleus it’s put in place begins to perform.
Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond received some support from the team’s new ownership group after the lottery drawing Tuesday night. Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry sat in the front row with family members during the lottery telecast, while Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were a few rows away. Edens said Hammond would continue as the team’s general manager for the near future but avoided making a firm commitment in the long term. Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, who suffered through a 15-67 finish in his first year with Milwaukee. “This is like Day 3 since we’ve been the owners of it,” Edens said. “We’re very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely. “We’re very happy to have those guys working with us.”
Hammond officially announced the hiring of David Morway as the team’s assistant general manager, replacing Jeff Weltman, who left earlier this summer for a front-office job in Toronto. Morway was general manager of the Indiana Pacers from 2009-’12 and also has a baseball background, serving as assistant general manger of the San Diego Padres in the 1980s. “He was with them (the Pacers) for 14 years,” Hammond said. “I’ve always looked at the Pacers and admired what they’ve done. I think David is going to be a great addition to our organization.”
The Bucks haven’t made any official comment, but leagues sources say they are on the brink of hiring David Morway as their assistant general manager. Morway once was the general manager of the Indiana Pacers. He is expected to replace Jeff Weltman, who took a similar job in Toronto.
Ranadive has been hoping to add a consultant as well, but it remains unclear what his next step will be. In recent days, it appeared he had honed in on Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, San Antonio assistant general manager Scott Layden and former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway, but it does not appear that they will be considered for the consultant role. The Kings interviewed a host of others as well, including TNT analyst and former Kings player Kenny Smith.
Ken Berger: Kings narrowing GM search to candidates with GM experience: Chris Wallace and Scott Layden, sources say. David Morway also in mix.
Sam Amick: Hearing that Memphis GM Chris Wallace, former Pacers GM David Morway & Layden are atop Ranadive’s list. And the draft nears…
The Sacramento Kings general manager search will continue on Thursday, when they are expected to interview former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway. According to a person with knowledge of the search, Morway will join the list of candidates still in the running for the job left vacant when new owner Vivek Ranadive decided to part ways with longtime general manager Geoff Petrie. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Vivek Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs team president R.C. Buford, Golden State assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace. Former Indiana general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive’s internal list is not believed to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
Now that the Suns’ GM job came open this week, the more likely GM candidates are names that are largely to the general fan – Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman and former Indiana GM David Morway, for examples. But Barkley is interested, but not desperate for the job. Barkley has not been contacted by the Suns he did talk Wednesday on Brad Cesmat’s “Pros 2 Preps” show (KGME-AM) and addressed the topic in his usual candid way.
Babby would like for the Suns to tab a new GM before addressing the coaching situation, although he did call interim head coach Lindsey Hunter “a good strong candidate.” The GM search began this week with the Suns considering Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman (a finalist in 2010 when Blanks was hired), former Indiana Pacers GM and Arizona graduate David Morway and former Lakers assistant GM Ronnie Lester. Assistant GMs Ryan McDonough (Boston), Wes Wilcox (Atlanta) and Troy Weaver (Oklahoma City) are potential candidates too.
There will be widespread interest and the list could run the gamut from a top past candidate like Milwaukee assistant GM Jeff Weltman to people with local ties like Tony Ronzone (USA Basketball scouting director and Dallas player personnel director), Eddie Johnson (Suns analyst) and David Griffin (Cleveland vice president of basketball operations) to experienced, out-of-work GMs like David Morway (Indiana fame) and Mark Warkentien (Denver).
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.”
Mike Wells: Morway hadn’t been around the franchise since they went to Chicago for predraft camp. He rode up w Bird, Pritchard, etc, but flew back alone
The Indiana Pacers have announced that David Morway has resigned as general manager. “For the past year I have carefully and thoughtfully considered my personal, family and professional goals,” Morway said in a statement released by the team. “After discussing all of these issues with our owner Herb Simon and (president) Larry (Bird), I believe this is the right time to step away. “I want to thank Mr. Simon, Larry, (former team president) Donnie Walsh and (president) Jim Morris for the opportunity they gave me and the friendship and mentorship they provided.”
Seemingly, it’s done, though that could be deceiving. Kevin Pritchard, meanwhile, is making trade calls for the Pacers. Apparently, Bird has unofficially installed him as general manager, succeeding universally mistrusted David Morway?
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.