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Thomas out with one year left on contract

Updated: August 29, 2003, 5:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

INDIANAPOLIS -- Evidently, it didn't take long for Larry Bird to find a replacement for Isiah Thomas.

Sources have told ESPN's David Aldridge that Bird, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations, has decided to hire Rick Carlisle as the club's next head coach. An announcement could come as early as Thursday.

Thomas was fired by the Pacers on Wednesday.

Carlisle spent the past two seasons as coach of the Detroit Pistons before being fired in May. Carlisle spoke with ...

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