1:22 PM PDT, June 26, 2012
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that David Morway has resigned as general manager of the franchise.
There is still no word if Larry Bird, president of the Pacers, will resign as well. However, the Indianapolis Star reported a source said Bird was expected to meet with team owner Herb Simon Tuesday to make his departure official.
Morway joined the franchise in January 1999 as vice president of Basketball Administration and was promoted to general manager in April 2008.
"I've had a terrific 13-plus years with the franchise,” said Morway in a news release statement. “The performance of this year's team both on and off the court was incredibly rewarding. To experience Bankers Life Fieldhouse full to the rafters again, with an energy reminiscent of the late 90s, and to see our fan base re-engaged and proud made it all worthwhile.
“While I deeply care about this franchise, sometimes change is important for everyone concerned. For the past year I have carefully and thoughtfully considered my personal, family and professional goals. After discussing all of these issues with our owner, Herb Simon, and Larry (Bird, President of Basketball Operations), I believe this is the right time to step away.
“I want to thank Mr. Simon, Larry, (former team president) Donnie Walsh and (team president) Jim Morris for the opportunity they gave me and the friendship and mentorship they provided. I also want to thank everyone associated with the franchise, including all of the players, our coaches and our terrific staff as well as the Indianapolis community and all of our fans for giving me and my family the opportunity to be part of Pacers’ basketball for the last 13-plus years."
Team owner Simon released the following statement regarding Morway’s resignation:
“We are very appreciative of David’s efforts the entire time he has been here. His work ethic and dedication to making this franchise better was unwavering through many good times and some difficult times. Whatever direction his professional future takes him, I’m certain he will have success and a positive impact.”
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