As expected, Morway out, Pritchard to be in as Pacers GM

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What was long rumored and expected is now official.

David Morway has resigned as the general manager of the Indiana Pacers and is leaving the organization, the team announced Tuesday. This is one of those “resign or we will can you” resignations, just so we’re clear.

This clears the way for Kevin Pritchard, the former Trail Blazers GM who has worked as an assistant GM with the Pacers the past year, to step into the big chair. That’s not official yet but it will be soon enough.

That’s not the only change in Indiana today — Larry Bird is stepping out as team president and Donnie Walsh is returning to take on that role again.

Usually these kinds of transitions are messy like a third-world government coup, but in this case the transition should be smooth. Which is good, the Pacers are a quality team — third best in the East last year — who could take some big steps forward with the right moves.