Reggie Miller Is A Candidate For Indiana Pacers GM Job, According To Report

The Indiana Pacers are in the process of hiring Kevin Pritchard, the former general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Reggie Miller Is A Candidate For Indiana Pacers GM Job, According To Report

Reggie Miller didn't make it into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a first-ballot candidate last week, but people shouldn't be hanging their heads five-time NBA All-Star. The latest reports say that Miller, a standout for the Indiana Pacers during his 18-year career, is now being mentioned as a candidate to return to the team as its general manager.

Miller doesn't have any front office experience as the sharpshooter has been working in television since his retirement from the game, but that isn't stopping Pacers owner from making him the lead candidate to be the Pacers' next GM, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon has heeded Larry Bird's private and public proclamations that Bird is working his final year as the team's president, that his staying through the lockout had been a favor to his boss. As Simon investigates possible succession plans, there's one candidate emerging over everyone else: Pacers legend Reggie Miller.

Bird, an Indiana basketball legend is his own right, said earlier in the summer that he'd agreed to stick with the team through the NBA lockout season after previously planning on retiring prior to the season as a favor to Simon. Since, the Pacers have brought on highly-regarded Kevin Pritchard to join Bird and David Morway in the Indiana front office, but Adrian Wojnarowski's sources believe that Simon would prefer to bring Miller aboard.

Interestingly enough, it seems that if Simon gets his way and Miller joins the Pacers, former Pacers executive Donnie Walsh -- who recently stepped down from the same job with the New York Knicks -- would be the Pacers owner's pick as a mentor to Miller as the former player and analyst makes his transition into the front office.

It seems like Miller would be hired next offseason rather than the current one with Bird still aboard. If it happens, however, Miller would be the second TNT analyst to make the transition from television to an NBA role without any prior experience after Miller's colleague Mark Jackson was hired as the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Ah, NBA decision making. It's fantastic!

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Pacers To Hire Former Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, Says Report

 

The Indiana Pacers are in the process of hiring Kevin Pritchard, the former general manager of the Portland Trail Blazersreports Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. Pritchard was fired just before the 2010 NBA Draft after four successful seasons in Portland. 

Wells reports that team president Larry Bird and general manager David Morway will remain in place in Indiana's front office; Bird has toyed with retirement and is expected to step down in 2012. It's unclear, as such, how exactly Pritchard will fit in with Morway; Pritchard is considered a high-profile GM candidate, and it seems unlikely he'd take a lower-rung job like adviser or assistant GM without the expectation of a chance at getting the top spot. He'd been rumored as a potential target for the New York Knicks, whose Donnie Walsh recently resigned.

Pritchard became a controversial character during his time in Portland, with great moves (picking up LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy in the 2006 NBA Draft) mixed with unfortunate ones (Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2008). He also drew the ire of much of the league in 2009 after word leaked out that Darius Miles had tested positive for PEDs and was due a 10-game suspension from the league if any team signed him; the Blazers stood to gain $9 million in cap space if Miles sat out the entire season under conditions of his medical retirement from Portland.

The Pacers have a very important and intriguing offseason to handle once the NBA lockout ends, with good cap space and a grip of assets.

For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana.

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