The first attrition of the playoff teams happened quickly, with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird announcing he’s stepping down.
Larry Bird is stepping down as Pacers president, league sources tell @TheVertical. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2017
Bird has headed the personnel decisions for the Pacers for a few years now, and will now move into a more advisory role.
Larry Bird stepping down as Pacer’s president. Now it’s more likely PG gets traded to the Lakers.
— Lakers 24/8 (@lakers24eight) April 29, 2017
It’s yet to be seen how much this has to do with the upcoming free agency of Paul George, who’s rumored to have an icy relationship with Bird.
Larry Bird step down as President of the Pacers after he realize Paul George wasn’t coming back pic.twitter.com/yra2sSPzSw
— Mr.Gemini♊ (@RonG30) April 28, 2017
The Pacers are in the midst of a questionable time, stuck between competing and tanking.
Larry Bird should have traded Paul George to the Lakers first before he stepped down.#Lakeshow
— Jesus (@KobeTruthNlight) April 28, 2017
With Bird out, the Pacers now will have to look toward a new prescence for some guidance going forward, especially with the future of Paul George in question.