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Old 06-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On Tuesday, Bird even defied conventional wisdom by announcing his draft-night strategy -- adding a point guard, upgrading Indiana's overall talent level and looking for a trade to make it all work.

"I want to win, our team wants to win and if the right deal comes up, we'll look to move forward," he said. "You never know what's going to happen, but it is time to start winning."

The Pacers missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season, lost out on getting one of the top three picks and are still trying to negotiate a more palatable deal to run Conseco Fieldhouse. Callers on local radio talk shows have increasingly expressed a desire to get rid of Bird and coach Jim O'Brien, and yet some are suggesting the Pacers' rebuilding process can't begin in full until 2011-12 when they'll finally have room under the NBA's salary cap.

Bird, a three-time NBA champion and the only coach to lead the Pacers to an NBA Finals, is running out of patience, too.

He acknowledged Tuesday the Pacers have talked trade with teams around league, deals that could finally land them the point guard they need. The only potential partner Bird identified was Minnesota, and that was to deny a report that the Pacers would send the 10th overall pick in Thursday night's draft in a package deal to the Timberwolves for Jonny Flynn and the 16th and 23rd picks.

"We did call Minnesota and we've called a lot of teams, but that [the Flynn deal] was never on the table," Bird said.
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Clearly, the Pacers need another point guard with A.J. Price expected to miss four to six months after fracturing the patella in his left knee, Earl Watson about to become a free agent and T.J. Ford's time seemingly nearing an end in Indy.

But with this year's draft class short on point guards, the Pacers have paraded a litany of forwards and centers through Indy. The list includes North Carolina's Ed Davis, Georgetown's Greg Monroe and Baylor center Ekpe Udoh -- all expected to go in the top 10. Udoh is one of a handful of players who has worked out twice in Indy.
2010 NBA Draft: Larry Bird says Indiana Pacers might deal draft pick for point guard - ESPN
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The pacers need Calderon!
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lol so Caldy and Ford can be reunited
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Tenth draft pick and a decent filler for Calderon?
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They can have both Jack and Caldy. Reunited and it feels so good
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They can have both Jack and Caldy. Reunited and it feels so good
Lol imagine a team with TJ-Jack-Caldy PG combo. TJackeron!!
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PLus they already know how to play with each other :facepalm:
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