Kevin Pritchard Rumors

Candace Buckner: Another highlight: I asked early in interview whose voice does Bird listen to most during process & he mentioned GM Kevin Pritchard. Later, Bird said he takes the advice of the team’s medical staff above all and explained why. “You find out things and we do MRIs and we do different things and somebody says, ‘How in the heck could they ever pass him?’. Because our medical staff says you shouldn’t take him. A lot of that happens and we’ve done that over the years.”
Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers’ interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry. “First of all, we don’t know if they’re really trading him, at least I don’t know,” Simon said about the Hornets. “I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that. “We have the best basketball minds in Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and they’re working on it every minute of every day. So, something will happen.”
Besides being surrounded by his entire family — which includes two older sisters — USA men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski made a return visit, as did Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard who walked out of the hospital with a group that included George’s agent as well as a Nike representative. “He was overwhelmed with everybody reaching out to him. I think that takes away some of the pain when you know that people care for you,” George, Sr. said. “Larry Bird’s been calling … Larry’s been calling left and right, (asking,) ‘How is he? Do I need to come out there?’ “
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Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard revealed this detail during a Tuesday morning interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd. Pritchard said that during the Friday night dinner – which included team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel — Bynum made quite the pitch to join the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. “He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship, I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’ When he said that I think the thing changed.”
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Solomon Hill, a 6-foot-7, four-year player out of the University of Arizona was selected at No. 23. In what general manager Kevin Pritchard called a “weird, wacky draft,” they were happy when the 22-year-old was still available. “You can normally tell if you could’ve traded down if two minutes after the pick, you get calls,” he said. “We had multiple, multiple calls immediately trying to trade for the kid.”
Examples abound in team front offices, too. Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dell Demps (New Orleans) and Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers) are general managers who, like Ferry, once worked under Buford. “The success we’ve had on the court in the playoffs is great,” Budenholzer said, “but where Pop and I, and all of us, get just as big of a kick is watching people go out and be successful. We love it.” When it comes to launching careers, the Spurs have had more success than other recent champions, like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks and the Miami Heat.
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When the new GM is hired could take some time.Geoff Petrie and Co. continue to work on the NBA Draft while the search continues for Petrie’s replacement. Ranadive is being advised during this process by the likes of Jerry West, among others. So the search won’t be limited to known candidates like GSW asst. GM Travis Schlenk. One situation to monitor is Indiana. If Larry Bird is truly interested in returning to the franchise, Kevin Pritchard becomes an option. Ranadive could also make a run at Bird. In this search, there’s no reason Ranadive won’t swing for the fences, which is why San Antonio’s R.C. Buford came up, even though most don’t expect there to be any interest from Buford.
League sources told CBSSports.com that one of the possibilities that Leiweke has identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver, whose name has been attached to several front-office searches in the past two years. It is unclear whether the Raptors have reached out to the Thunder to ask permission to interview Weaver, though it is highly unlikely that Oklahoma City would grant permission for Weaver to entertain a lateral move.
And some sources are quick to suggest it’s not just a matter of finalizing a contract with the 43-year-old Ujiri, whose contract with the Nuggets expires this year. New MLSE chief executive officer Tim Leiweke, who will make the final decision on Colangelo’s replacement, may be looking to make an even bigger splash with his first hire on the job. However, the list of potential candidates doesn’t suggest there’s going to be much of a “wow” factor to the new front office addition. The only other outside names that have been mentioned privately in NBA circles are Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard and Troy Weaver of the Oklahoma City Thunder, both solid front office personnel but hardly the kind of ‘rock star’ hire many expected Leiweke would be able to pull off.