Last month, Bird told The Associated Press, he'd stay put as the Pacers team president for a few more years if that's what team owner Herb Simon wants. " knows to get to the next level we're going to spend some money," Bird said. A month ago, Larry Bird was basking in the league-wise praise of his in-progress rebuilding of the Indiana Pacers. The New York Daily News, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday that Donnie Walsh, 71, will rejoin the Pacers and lead the team's effort to sign free agents. He spent four years building the team into an Eastern Conference contender and was this season's NBA executive of the year, but is instead moving on after saying just a month ago that he was willing to stay.