Vogel, whom Bird called the front-runner last week, and most of his assistant coaches will not be in attendance today.
Bird doesn't want to send the wrong message to other potential candidates about Vogel's status. Vogel didn't attend last week's pre-draft event in Chicago with Bird, either.
"I'm talking to some people and I'm talking to (Vogel)," Bird said. "When these guys come in, I don't want them to think he's going to be the coach."
When will Bird make the decision on the coach? That's to be determined. He said he is taking his time with the process.
One possible candidate -- former Pacers assistant Mike Brown -- is no longer on the market. He agreed to become the Los Angeles Lakers coach Wednesday.
Bird, who is tight-lipped about the process, has talked to several candidates on the phone but said he has not interviewed any outside candidates in person.
Vogel has had several conversations with Bird and also will get the last interview during the search.
Vogel will be asked to upgrade his coaching staff if he expects to earn the permanent job.
Longtime NBA coach Rick Adelman and Dallas assistant Dwane Casey are other candidates in whom the Pacers have expressed interest.
Pacers owner Herb Simon likely would have to pay more money for Adelman than Vogel or Casey.
Casey remains on the Pacers' radar, but they have yet to talk to him because the Mavericks are still in the playoffs.
Casey, a respected longtime assistant, is also in the running for jobs in Houston and Golden State.
"Dwane Casey would be a great hire for Houston, Golden State or Indiana," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told the Dallas Morning News earlier this week. "His communication skills, experience and work ethic would be a tremendous asset to any franchise."