Mike Wells writes why Troy Murphy hasn’t been traded yet:
Two words: Hansbrough and Foster. Both those players (Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster) only played in a handful of games last season and the Pacers aren’t about to roll the dice and just unload Murphy because he’s an expiring contract.
Plus, here’s what ESPN Insider wrote about A.J. Price:
Pacers PG A.J. Price underwent surgery near the end of May to repair a fractured patella in his left knee.
And Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that Price “should be ready take part in training camp at some point in October.”
That should put the point-guard depth chart for the Pacers at three deep to start the season, with rookie Lance Stephenson getting some burn there — something we noted last week — and T.J. Ford still around.
There have been rumblings for quite some time that Ford could be traded. In fact, he was almost dealt to the Bobcats at the trade deadline last season.
But as Wells wrote, with Price coming off injury and Stephenson only a rookie, Ford — despite coach Jim O’Brien’s penchant for parking him on the bench — makes the most sense to start at PG come next season for the Pacers.
Ryan Corazza writes about Tyler Hansbrough in ESPN Insider:
Tyler Hansbrough had an atypical rookie season.
He suffered from an inner-ear infection that gave him Vertigo-like symptoms, and he missed the last four months of the season.
But Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that Hansbrough is “going full speed on the court minus the contact.”
Yet, coach Jim O’Brien said Hansbrough still has a “little vertigo” two weeks ago, according to Wells, and the team is still being cautious with him.
So while he’s trending towards getting back on the basketball court with no restrictions, he doesn’t appear to be out of the woods just yet.
If Hansbrough is healthy and able to play at full strength to start the season, he should potentially slot in as the first backup behind Troy Murphy at power forward.