Daniels out as Pacers director of player personnel

The Indiana Pacers say Mel Daniels no longer is the team’s director of player personnel.

Daniels has a long history with team president Larry Bird. He was an assistant coach for Indiana State in 1979, when Bird led the Sycamores to the national title game.

Bird said in a statement that Daniels was a “great basketball player who helped make the Pacers a well-known franchise.”

Messages left with the Pacers and at Daniels’ home were not immediately returned.

Daniels is a two-time American Basketball Association MVP who won three championships with the Pacers in the early 1970s. He has worked for the franchise since becoming an assistant coach in 1984.