UPDATE: Woo-hoo. I’m perhaps wrong about all the stuff I wrote below, and Charlotte may have some interest in TJ Ford for some reason. I’ll believe it when I see it, but says Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Charlotte and Indiana in serious talks on deal that would send T.J. Ford to Bobcats for package that includes D.J. Augustine, source says.
(And that “woo-hoo” will could definitely change to “oh poop” if the Pacers are taking on money in this deal. I like DJ though.)
As expected, it looks like nothing’s happening today in Indianapolis.
And really, it’s probably for the best.
Grabbing a late first-round pick and a low-level “prospect” (like a JJ Hickson-type young’n) would have been nice, and it could have helped to shed a contract (like Murphy) so as to proactively ease the potential luxury tax burden next year, but there wasn’t ever much chance of any major acquisitions coming in anyway. The players Indy (hopefully) doesn’t care about for the long-term (Murphy, MDJ, Ford, Foster, Watson, Diener, Solomon, Head) are simply not desirable to other GMs. Danny Ferry of Cleveland and perhaps a few others certainly had a little interest in Troy as a back-up plan to add a little more offense for a playoff run. And I’m sure some executives at least respect Troy’s high-level skills (shooting and rebounding) enough to have a conversation about acquiring him, but that $12.5 million salary he’s owed next year is a pretty big financial burden for anyone to accept. So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Bird wasn’t able to get anything out of Murphy. Not in this economic climate at least.
Simply put, outside of Danny, Hibbert, future draft picks and perhaps — to a much lesser degree — Rush, Tyler and (maybe) AJ Price, this franchise has nothing of value.
Well, that’s not exactly fair.
Conseco Fieldhouse is pretty sweet. Unfortunately, you can’t include buildings in trades under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Or at least I don’t think you can…
/runs off to email Larry Coon
Wait?!?!? We still have 41 more minutes. So … THIS IS ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE**!!!!! (Don’t hold your breath)