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Pritchard no longer a candidate for Knicks?

Mike Wells, the Pacers beat writer for the Indianapolis Star, tweeted Friday morning that the Pacers are "in the process" of hiring Kevin Pritchard to an undisclosed role. Pritchard served as a consultant with Indiana for the second half of last season. He and Pacers president Larry Bird have been friends since they were teammates with the Celtics in the early 1990s.

Bird and the Pacers just elevated interim coach Frank Vogel to a full-time position.

Pritchard, the former Portland Trail Blazers general manager, was on Donnie Walsh's short list of GM candidates to work under him if he was to return as team president, according to multiple sources. After Walsh decided not to return, Pritchard was still considered a strong candidate for the job. 

The prevailing belief, however, has been that the Knicks may likely decide to go forward with Walsh's staff in place as it is, with either interim GM Glen Grunwald or former Denver Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien moved into the main role and flanked by assistant GM Allan Houston (now GM of the D-League affiliate in Erie), coach Mike D'Antoni and vice president of basketball operations Jamie Mathews.

Another name being whispered as a candidate of interest is 76ers GM Ed Stefanski.

The lockout has created less of an urgency to announce Walsh's successor, but there will be some decisions to be made soon. Several members of the scouting staff will have their contracts expire on July 31. The assistant coaches also are up for new contracts, but all are expected to be retained. D'Antoni said he will add a defensive assistant coach to the staff, as well.


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