The Pacers have turned in the paperwork to pick up the third-year option on Rush and Hibbert’s contracts.
This is no surprise, and I had noted their contract amounts in an earlier Cap & Trade.
Hibbert has shown some improvement over last year, averaging 7 points and just over 7 boards in his first two games. However, he’s only shooting 44% and has looked very slow. Fouling continues to limit his minutes and effectiveness, as he’s getting whistled for just under 7 fouls every 36 minutes.
Brandon Rush has started the first two games, or at least that’s the rumor. I guess “non-existent” would be the polite way to describe his performance.
In any case, it’s far too early to know for sure what kind of players either of these guys will be, so the Pacers made the no-brainer move of picking up their options.