Sources: Sund intends to stay with Hawks
When the Hawks picked up the option on Larry Drew's contract for next season, the Atlanta coach still wasn't sure who his general manager would be. But in the past week, GM Rick Sund has told friends he intends to stay on for at least one more year, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Sund, 60, had been weighing a variety of options, which included taking a year off. But after committing to Drew as the team's coach for another season May 18, Sund began telling colleagues around the middle of last week that he'd stay with the Hawks for another season and then "take it from there," one of the people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
Sund, whose contract expires June 30, spoke with reporters in Atlanta Wednesday for the first time since the season ended and declined to address his status. Hawks ownersship recently rejected Portland's request for permission to interview Sund for their GM position.
“I’m not going to talk about it until the process plays itself out,” Sund said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It will probably happen relatively soon.”
Several other GM positions are in flux in addition to Portland and Orlando, which are actively involved in searches. In Philadelphia, team president Rod Thorn is said to be "leaning" toward retirement, a source said, but has not made an official decision. Pacers president Larry Bird, who has been expected for weeks to step down, will soon meet with owner Herb Simon to discuss his future plans -- which could be affected by whether GM David Morway gets the Portland job. If the Pacers' front office executives scatter, sources continue to say that former team president Donnie Walsh is considered a strong candidate to fill the vacuum.
Clippers GM Neil Olshey, who does not have a contract for next season, has spoken with the Trail Blazers about their GM position. On a conference call Tuesday discussing the decision to pick up coach Vinny Del Negro's option for next season, Olshey declined to address his future with the team.
The other L.A. GM, Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers, has been contacted through backchannels about his intentions. But Kupchak has given no indication that he's interested in leaving the Lakers, sources said.
In other front office moves, former Pistons and Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone has joined the Dallas Mavericks in a front-office role. Ronzone was previously with the Mavs as a scout from 1998-2000.
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