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Larry Bird stepping down as president of Pacers

Larry Bird is stepping down from his position as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, according to a report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Current General Manager Kevin Pritchard will assume his duties.

The Vertical also reports that while Bird plans to remain around the franchise as a consultant, the Orlando Magic have interest in him as a possible candidate for the same position.

Bird has a press conference scheduled for Monday to discuss the situation.

The Pacers are coming off of a disappointing 2016-17 campaign that saw them sneak into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season before being swept for the first time in team history by the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Expectations were high in Indiana after Bird made a multitude of moves last off-season, including the firing of former head coach Frank Vogel.

Bird was in the news earlier this week when he delivered Indiana’s bid to host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Bird has stepped down from the position once previously in 2012 due to health concerns, but returned one year later.

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