Larry Bird is stepping down, ending his second tenure running the franchise’s basketball operations, league sources told The Vertical.
Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard will replace Bird as the franchise’s top basketball decision-maker, league sources told The Vertical.
Bird is planning to remain with the organization in a consulting role, sources said.
Bird leaves the franchise at a crucial crossroads, with possible free agency looming for franchise star Paul George in the summer of 2018. The Pacers will have to decide on whether to continue to work on selling George on a future with the franchise, or consider the possibility of trading him to extract maximum value before George can leave in free agency.