Kevin Pritchard Rumors
“It’s an exciting situation because there’s upside here,” said Carlisle, 61, who has a career record of 836-689, ranking 15th in career wins. “Getting back healthy is going to be a big part of that. “[General manager Kevin Pritchard] and I have talked extensively about the roster. I like their roster. It’s a team of skilled, unselfish guys that play hard. It’s always possible that moves could be made before the season, but I think Kevin and I are both very excited about getting the roster healthy and seeing what this team can be.”
Owner Herb Simon made a significant investment, giving Carlisle a four-year deal worth $29 million plus incentives, according to a league source. That’s more than $7 million per year, on par with what he made in Dallas and twice what former Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and Nate McMillan made each year. The deal was negotiated directly by president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard.
The Indiana Pacers had a disappointing 20-21 season in which they fired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach after one season, but Kevin Pritchard will remain in his role running the front office. “Let me say a few things about Indiana,” said Brian Windhorst. “One, I know Kevin Pritchard, their general manager, came out and gave a press conference and made it sound like his future was in some sort of doubt there. That is no longer the case. He has been assured he will be there. I don’t think he was ever really in danger. Herb Simon, who is the owner of the team, is extremely close to him. They have an extremely close relationship. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t make a change. Without going too far, I will say Kevin Pritchard has been assured he’s going to be there.”
They’re likely to bring back LeVert, Sabonis, Brogdon and T.J. Warren, though blowing up the roster remains on the table, two league sources told IndyStar. There’s a belief, however, that while Pritchard is open to the idea, owner Herb Simon won’t give him the green light.
A league source said Pritchard was so dismayed by the lack of effort and commitment that he saw from his team that he spoke to them before games against San Antonio and Atlanta late in the season. He also was so dismayed two other times that he went into the locker room postgame to scold them for their performances.