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Donnie Walsh could be back with Pacers

Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh is confident he

Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh is confident he can get first-round draft picks with which to acquire Carmelo Anthony, if that's what the Nuggets want. (Dec. 22, 2010) (Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

Ex-Knicks president Donnie Walsh could return to the Pacers, and get his old job back with Indiana.

According to a report in the Indianapolis Star, Pacers president Larry Bird will step down. The Star said Walsh, who served at Indiana’s GM and president during his 24-year run with the organization, is expected to return to the Pacers and could be Bird’s replacement.

Walsh ran the Knicks from April 2008 through July 2011.

He was able to cut salary to put the Knicks in position to make runs at LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson when they were free agents in 2010. The Knicks ended up signing Amar’e Stoudemire, and have made the postseason the past two years.

Walsh and the Knicks parted ways shortly after last June’s draft. He was paid as a consultant this past season, but during the year the Knicks gave Walsh permission to seek other jobs.

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