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While the Indiana Pacers have been linked to players such as Mickael
Pietrus and Josh Howard this week, they do not have immediate plans to
make a roster addition, according to a source.
It was revealed
earlier this week that Danny Granger will miss three weeks because of
knee tendinosis. The Pacers are 2-3 through their first five games. They
finished last season with the third-best regular season record in the
Eastern Conference and took an early lead in their semifinal series
against the eventual champion Heat.
With Granger out, Frank
Vogel has used a combination of Gerald Green and Sam Young at small
forward. Granger, an All-Star in 2009, is owed more than $13 million
this season. Granger is expected to remain around the team while he
rehabs his knee so that the training staff can monitor his progress.
Lance Stephenson’s ongoing immaturity issues could be pushing him closer to the door with the Indiana Pacers.
Any chance of Stephenson playing in the final two regular-season games
or the playoffs ended Saturday, when coach Frank Vogel said Stephenson
was demoted for violating team rules.
"He’ll be the fourth point guard through the playoffs," Vogel said.
"This is being done for disciplinary reasons. T.J. (Ford) will be our
third point guard."
First, Larry Bird said it. Now, Danny Granger is being even more
specific about what type of move the Indiana Pacers soon could make.
Asked by FanHouse on Friday in Springfield, Mass., where Bird was
inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame along with members of the 1992
Olympic Dream Team, the Pacers president said the team needs to make
another trade before the start of the regular season. Asked by FanHouse
about Bird’s comments, Granger said management has told him to expect a
move, and he figures they will look to acquire a big man.
How quickly things have changed.
Some of you went from trying to push Larry Bird out the door to now
praising him after he was able to get their point guard of the future in
Bird and general manager David Morway made a lot of fans happy when they
acquired Collison and James Posey and unloaded Troy Murphy.
Getting Collison was a great pick up for the Pacers. They were the winners in the four-team deal.
Collison should be the starter when the Pacers open training camp Sept. 28.
Maybe Jim O’Brien is trying to get himself fired. Maybe he’s gone in
the tank, just as his team has done for the past few months, and is
willing to take the cash for next season and move on back to Florida.
I’ve written it before, with a mild bit of hesitation.
The Pacers have work to do if they expect to be able to trade forward Troy Murphy before the Feb. 18 deadline.
The Pacers have already tried to send him to Cleveland, but those talks
didn’t last long because they were asking for too much, according to a
T.J. Ford is approaching the possibility he could be traded by the
Indiana Pacers in the next month as part of the business of the NBA.
The starting point guard earlier in the season, Ford has been benched
and hasn’t played since Dec. 30 as Pacers coach Jim O’Brien has elected
to go with Earl Watson as the starter and rookie A.J. Price as the
Apparently Larry Bird isn’t the only one who likes Danny Granger’s
game. Bird, who heads up player operations for the Indiana Pacers, has
previously said he has little interest in trading Granger.
That hasn’t kept other teams from inquiring as the Feb. 18 NBA trade
deadline approaches. The most recent inquirer is familiar to the Pacers.
Pacers point guard T.J. Ford is on the trading block, which is and isn’t news.
It might be news to those of you hanging onto him in fantasy leagues
clinging to the hope that he’ll soon get his starting job back from
Earl Watson, but it isn’t news to anyone in an NBA front office.