Thursday, August 12, 2010

T.J. Ford Won't Accept Buyout

Following the acquisition of Darren Collison, T.J. Ford told the Indianapolis Star that he would not accept a buyout.

The Breakdown
With Collison aboard, Ford has become expendable. The Pacers planned to simply buyout Ford since he doesn't figure into the teams future plans. With that no longer an option, the Pacers will look to trade the veteran point guard.

If the Pacers are unable to move Ford, I would completely stay away from him. Coach Jim O'Brien wasn't afraid to bench Ford last season and O'Brien has less reason to hesitate benching him with Collison around. I wouldn't be surprised if T.J. is used sparingly next year in favor of giving playing time to A.J. Price and Lance Stephenson, players who Indiana considers part of its future.

If Indiana can find a taker for Ford, he may be worth a late pick as long as he lands on a team that will give him an opportunity to start. A team like Charlotte, for example, would be a good fit. If T.J. gets traded to a team where he'll be coming off the bench, he's strictly deep league fodder.

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