With Larry Bird reportedly gone after this season as head of player personnel for the Pacers, many are wondering who will take his place. Their are two internal candidates who have naturally be among those listed: GM David Morway, who has been with the Pacers since 1999, and team advisor Kevin Pritchard, who was hired last summer. There would certainly be other candidates as well if Bird does step down, but most have figured these two guys would be high on the list.
That certainly won’t be the case if Morway becomes GM of the Portland Trailblazers, however. And according to Oregon Live, he is one of the two real candidates for that job and interviewed for the position yesterday.
The Trail Blazers’ two-person search committee was in Indianapolis on Wednesday interviewing Indiana Pacers executive David Morway for the Blazers’ general manager position.
Team president Larry Miller and Bert Kolde, the head of the Blazers’ board of directors, interviewed Morway, who has been the Pacers’ general manager since 2008 and with the organization since 1999. Morway is the fourth candidate who has interviewed for the position, joining agent Noah Croom, former Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower.
NBA reporter extraordinaire Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed that the Blazers are interested, calling Morway, along with Bower, a “frontrunner,” who will soon meet with Portland owner and Microsoft mogul Paul Allen.
After a strong interview with Portland Trail Blazers officials on Wednesday, Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway will meet with team owner Paul Allen on Friday to further discuss the franchise’s general manager’s job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Morway and former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower have emerged as frontrunners for the long-vacated Blazers job.
So far, they’re the only two candidates to have been brought to Allen.
The Oregon Live piece also had a nice little nugget about Pacers owner Herb Simon’s thoughts on replacing Bird.
it is unclear whether owner Herb Simon will hire another basketball man — like former Pacers executive Donnie Walsh — to be his president, or whether he will allow Morway to move into the top spot.
Obviously, I you were Morway and you knew that there were concerns from the very top regarding your ability to run a basketball team, as this piece insinuates, then it wouldn’t be a tough decision to take an advancement opportunity should Portland offer it.