Sources: Magic pursued Larry Bird for GM

Team was in 'high pursuit' of Pacers president

By David Pingalore - Sports Director

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Magic hired Rob Hennigan as its new general manager Wednesday, but the team was pursuing Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird for the job, Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore learned.

According to Pingalore's sources, Magic ownership met with Bird, the NBA Executive of the Year, in Boca Raton in recent weeks.

Pingalore was told that the Magic were in "high pursuit" of the former NBA All-Star.

Bird, was intrigued by the Magic's interest but thought there was just too much work that needed to be done with the roster. The Hall of Famer is also dealing with scheduled back surgery that he thought would interfere with his duties with the Magic.

Pingalore first reported Tuesday night the Magic settled for Oklahoma City Thunder's Assistant General Manager Rob Hennigan.

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