Pacers Links: NBA season to end with Game 7; Herb Simon expects decision from Larry Bird next week

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The annual offseason speculation about Larry Bird's status with the Pacers returns with a twist this year.

Today is officially the last day of the 2012-13 NBA season with the Miami Heat hosting the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So who ya got?

Having been exposed to the Heat on their home floor in a Game 7 against the Pacers, I can't see them losing, but I will be rolling with the Spurs to find a way to get it done.

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers continue preparing for the draft while the front office keeps mum on the status of Larry Bird for the upcoming season. In years past, there would be speculation about Bird potentially leaving his duties as team president which would linger longer than expected. This time around, the speculation is about his possible return.

The interest he gave Sacramento indicates Bird wouldn't mind running a team again and the Pacers appear willing to bring him back. At what cost is surely an issue but according to owner Herb Simon, the team hopes to move toward a conclusion when everyone is in town for the draft.

Simon didn't divulge much in his Q & A with Scott Agness on Pacers.com, but he did have this to say about Bird's status.

Q. Do you have a timeline for the possibility of Larry Bird returning as president and when that situation might be handled?

A. "I think it'll be resolved shortly. I'm sure he's thinking about it. We'll see what happens. I'll be in next week and we'll try to get things resolved. I'll be coming in for the draft and we'll be spending some time and we'll talk about a lot of things."

In other interesting NBA news, it appears the Boston Celtics are ready for a full rebuild as their aging vets, Kevin Garnett and eventually Paul Pierce, may be headed to the Clippers along with coach Doc Rivers. Another team rebuilding in the East is good news for the Pacers. It isn't good news for Brian Shaw, though who appears to be the Clippers' back up plan.

Check out the links:

Q&A with Herb Simon | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Sources: After Chris Paul's nudge, Clips seek ownership approval for K.G.-Rivers trade - Yahoo! Sports

Clippers, Celtics resume Doc Rivers trade talks - USA Today

SB Nation Blogger 2013 NBA Mock Draft - Ridiculous Upside

Multimedia journal of the Indiana Fever's trip to the White House - Swish AppealMultimedia journal of the Indiana Fever's trip to the White House - Swish Appeal

Butler’s Clarke pursues NBA dream with eyes open - 1070 The Fan

Indiana Pacers guard Orlando Johnson adjusts quickly to life in the NBA - MontereyHerald.com :

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

Roy Hibbert on offseason improvement, video games, his relationship with Tim Duncan | The Point Forward - SI.com

Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough shares knowledge with kids at UAB during Jerod Haase basketball camp (video) | al.com

Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle: NBA to ‘stay the course’ on flopping policy | The Point Forward - SI.com

Why can’t Pacers’ Shaw catch a break? - 1070 The Fan

When it comes to Bird, Pacers need closure - 1070 The Fan

Roy Hibbert really, really likes ‘Call of Duty’ | For The Win

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