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Bird stepping down in Indiana

David Morway has resigned as general manager of the Indiana Pacers amid reports that president of basketball operations Larry Bird will step down as well. The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Bird is expected to leave the Pacers just weeks after being named the NBA's Executive of the Year.

Also in the NBA, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the league for tweeting a gay slur. NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced the fine in a release, calling Stoudemire's language offensive and derogatory.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft to Houston for Chase Budinger, who averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds a game with the Rockets last season. The Rockets now own the 14th, 16th and 18th picks in the draft.

Detroit has shipped guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round pick to Charlotte for swingman Corey Maggette which saves the Pistons about $15 on the salary cap. Gordon was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year seven years ago but endured three disappointing seasons in Detroit.

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