Larry Bird reportedly leaving the Indiana Pacers
Bird, who has been in charge of the team's basketball operations since after the 2007-08 season, is expected to depart, according to the Indianapolis Star. Pacers General Manager David Morway resigns.
Morway was hired by the Pacers in 1999 and had been GM since 2008. The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that Bird is expected to leave the Pacers, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation. The Pacers and owner Herb Simon declined to comment.
NBA Finals appearance that last year, before returning to the front office in 2003. He took full control of basketball decisions after the 2007-08 season, when Donnie Walsh left to become the New York Knicks' president.
This year, Bird was the NBA executive of the year after building a tough, young team that lost to eventual champion Miami in six games. He is the only person in league history to win that award, the MVP award and coach of the year.
The Detroit Pistons traded guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft choice to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette.
Gordon averaged 12.5 points last season, including a 45-point outing at Denver in which he tied his own NBA record by making nine 3-pointers without a miss. The NBA's sixth man of the year in 2005 with Chicago spent three disappointing seasons in Detroit, averaging 12.4 points.
Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the NBA after the New York Knicks star tweeted a gay slur.
Stu Jackson, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine in a release, calling Stoudemire's language offensive and derogatory.
Stoudemire apologized Sunday to a fan for using the slur in response to a crude tweet in which the fan admonished the All-Star to "make up for this past season."
The fan, (at)BFerrelli, tweeted his comment Saturday and received a direct message containing an expletive and the slur from the account Twitter verifies as Stoudemire's. BFerrelli, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, posted a screen shot of the direct message. Direct messages can only be seen by the sender and the recipient.
Stoudemire also issued an apology in a statement Tuesday. "I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people," he said. "I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse."
The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired swingman Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the 18th overall pick in the draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
The Rockets now have the 14th, 16th and 18th selections in the draft.
The New York Knicks said J.R. Smith declined his second-year contract option and will become a free agent.