Thursday , Jul , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dunleavy and/or Ford trade will reveal much about Pacers’ future

The Pacers are attempting to trade T.J. Ford and Mike Dunleavy, according to sources. Ford has been on the market for several months, but the news of an attempt to trade Dunleavy is surprising as Jim O’Brien is known to be high on him.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not if, but when.

The Indiana Pacers will trade Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford because both are spare parts with sought-after expiring contracts. 

While there’s no suspense about the end result, what the Pacers do with these pieces will reveal much about the club’s plans.

If executive Larry Bird deals Dunleavy and/or Ford for cap relief in 2011, the Pacers are turtling until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (hopefully) levels the playing field for smaller markets.

If Bird deals the small forward and point guard for on-court help, then the Pacers haven’t waved the white flag of surrender on 2011.

The real solution for Indiana comes with a re-worked CBA that provides a sound financial structure for all franchises, not just its six have-franchises.

However, getting this CBA is a major if, not a when.

–Oly Sandor.

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