CLEVELAND -- Indiana Pacers vice president David Morway is
no longer a candidate to become Cleveland's general manager,
another sign that Detroit coach Larry Brown could be joining the
Morway was considered the front-runner to replace the fired Jim
Paxson before the Cavs began courting Brown, has told two league sources that he plans to take the Cavaliers' offer to become their next team president. According to the sources, who spoke to ESPN.com on Monday evening, Brown said he would accept the position after the Pistons' season is over.
Morway had given the Cavaliers a Monday deadline to let him know
if he was still in their plans.
"They indicated to me that they were exploring the possibility
of hiring a high-profile president, so we came to a mutual
understanding and agreement that this wasn't the right situation
for me," Morway said Tuesday. "They wanted to go in another
direction and I respect that."
Morway said he didn't discuss Brown's situation with Cavaliers
The 44-year-old Morway had the Pacers' blessing while the
Cavaliers considered him. From the outset, he made it clear to
Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert that he was only interested in the job
if he had full control of the basketball decisions and reported
directly to the owner.
When the Cavs indicated they were changing the structure of
their front office to include a president, Morway was no longer
"I have a great job with the Pacers working with Donnie Walsh
and Larry Bird," Morway said. "It would have had to be a very
special job to leave. I appreciate the Cavaliers for giving me the
opportunity and wish them good luck."
On Monday, Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown accepted
Cleveland's coaching position. Brown, 35, would become the league's
second youngest coach.
ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported that Brown and the Cavaliers agreed in principle to a four-year deal worth approximately $9 million.
While the Pistons defend their NBA title, Larry Brown has had
discussions with Gilbert's representatives. However, the
64-year-old coach has insisted that he wants to address a health
problem after the season is over before deciding his next career
With Morway no longer in the mix, Washington Wizards director of
player personnel Milt Newton appears to be the leading candidate to
be Cleveland's new GM. Newton played on Brown's NCAA championship
team at Kansas in 1988.
Gilbert has tried to keep Cleveland's front office and coaching
searches a secret, but word has leaked throughout the process.
On Sunday night, he responded to an e-mail sent by the AP asking
if he had hired a new coach.
"We will know more this week," he said.