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Saturday , Sep , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

T.J. Ford: ‘It’s about winning’

“First, it’s about winning,” Ford told HOOPSWORLD. “I want to be on a team where it’s about winning and they’re heading in the right direction. Definitely, it’s a team that’s going to be in the playoffs and go further than just the first round. I just want to be part of a team. Whether that means playing 10, 15, 20, 30 or 35 minutes, I just want to be one of the factors that helps the team win.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: T.J. Ford is telling anyone and everyone he’ll sign as a free agent with the best team, and money and minutes do not matter.

Lets be real: money and minutes always matter. Especially in the ultra-competitive world of professional sports.

Of course, Ford isn’t in a position to be picky after spending the past few years chained to the Indiana Pacers’ bench behind a plethora of table-setters.

He’ll go where he gets an offer. The team may be good or bad. Either way, the money will be low by NBA standards -perhaps the equivalent of a veteran’s minimum contract.

However, if the team is competitive then Ford, a marginal talent, won’t be seeing much, if any, playing time.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Pacers to trade Dunleavy, Ford, and Foster?

That's where three key pieces come into play: the expiring contracts of Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, and TJ Ford. The plan had been to let those contracts, totaling $27 million, fall off the books and make the Pacers a significant player in the next two free-agent classes.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It is the ultimate wild card.

On July 1st the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will expire, and the new financial system the owners and players agree to will be different –very different.

Of course, nobody knows how different. Or, what exactly those differences will be, so teams are modifying their plans for the future.

Case in point: the Indiana Pacers. The Hoosier state planned on letting Mike Dunleavy, TJ Ford, and Jeff Foster’s combined $27 million salaries come off the books and wanted to use their newfound cap space to sign a star free agent.

This big-ticket free agent would then combine with point guard Darren Collison and Danny Granger to form a solid big three.

However, the uncertainty over the CBA is forcing the Pacers to re-think this plan. Like the other 29 teams, they have no idea what the new financial system will be.

So Executive Larry Bird and the Pacers have no choice but to entertain trade offers for Dunleavy, Ford, and/or Foster’s expiring contract. Their thinking is simple: better to get something than be left with nothing at all.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Best Pacer Poster Job: Collison on Williams or McRoberts on Turner?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last night, the Indiana Pacers’ struggles were temporarily forgotten when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-86 and made national highlight packages with a pair of fierce facials.

Facial one: newly acquired table-setter Darren Collison stole the ball, sped to the hoop, and powered over fellow little-man Lou Williams.

Facial two: T.J. Ford, freed from Coach Jim O'Brien's bench, tossed an over-the-shoulder pass to Josh McRoberts, who then welcomed Evan Turner to the NBA by giving  the rookie poster job treatment.

Pacer-nation hasn’t had much to cheer for. Not lately, at least. However, Collison and McRoberts gave the former Eastern Conference power some much-needed shine and publicity.

While Indiana fans undoubtedly loved both dunks, HoopsVibe News wants to know which facial you preferred: Collison or McRoberts?

Watch the above videos, form your opinion, and get at us with that opinion in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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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.


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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