The Indiana Pacers smartly decided not to add much to their slimmed-down payroll during the trade deadline, despite having the cap space needed to make a run at a player making an eight-figure salary, and the group is better off for it. The team added double-figure scorer Leandro Barbosa for a song, smartly signed free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko this week, and appear ready to fully commit to the East's fifth seed, with most of its regular-season schedule to be played at home.
And now, amidst a series of deft moves, the New York Post is reporting that team president Larry Bird won't be back next season. Ah, horsefeathers.
Bird has been with the squad since 2003, and officially running the show for the last few years, mostly presiding over middling seasons that did culminate in his team's first playoff berth in five years during 2010-11. Of course, the Post's Peter Vecsey has long had quite the clear (some would say "transparent," even) pipeline to Pacer news, so it wouldn't be a shock at all if this turned out. Here's Vecsey:Read More »from Pacers boss Larry Bird could be stepping down at the worst possible time