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Bball
07-24-2006, 02:40 PM
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The Pacers announced they have acquired guard Darrell Armstrong, swingman Rawle Marshall and forward Josh Powell from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for point guard Anthony Johnson.
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If the idea is to play more like the Dallas Mavericks, the Pacers are taking an approach both literal and philosophical.

The club announced today its second trade with Dallas in less than two weeks, acquiring veteran Darrell Armstrong and young forwards Rawle Marshall and Josh Powell in exchange for point guard Anthony Johnson.

The Pacers previously acquired swingman Marquis Daniels from Dallas for Austin Croshere.

“Darrell Armstrong is a good fit, a solid professional, a great guy in the locker room and someone who brings a lot of energy to a team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “Both Powell and Marshall are young and talented players who possibly can help us and we’re excited to take a look at them. Their experience with a championship-caliber team like Dallas last season gives them the mentality of what it takes to win at the highest level."

Armstrong, a 38-year-old veteran free agent, reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract to facilitate the deal. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he hoped to bring leadership to the Indiana locker room.

"A lot has happened with that team since Reggie (Miller) left," Armstrong said. "I think they need that veteran leadership. My locker room presence and my spirit is something that they can use. I know how to keep guys loose. They have a chance to be better. They have some guys there that can play."

Johnson, 31, started 89 games the past two seasons, averaging 11.1 points and 5.0 assists in 53 starts in 2005-06. His final game with the franchise was the best of his career, a 40-point effort in a Game 6 loss to Toronto in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

"We appreciate everything Anthony Johnson did for the organization, on and off the court," Bird said. "He performed well for us, both as a starter and as a backup.”

Armstrong would be the fourth point guard under contract with the Pacers, joining Jamaal Tinsley, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Orien Greene. He told the Star-Telegram he intends to retire after the 2006-07 season and plans to move into coaching.

Armstrong averaged 10.0 minutes, 2.1 points and 1.4 assists in 62 games with the Mavericks, playing much of the season with a torn rotator cuff. He has career averages of 10.1 points and 4.4 assists. Among the players he closely mentored in Dallas was Daniels.

Powell, a 6-9, 225-pound forward from N.C. State, averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 37 games but finished well, averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in April. Marshall, a 6-7, 190-pound swingman from Oakland (Mich.), averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 23 games. In nine starts, Marshall averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.

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Yeah... we already knew but I saw Naptown Seth speculating about the reasons for no announcement. Well, now there's an announcement.



-Bball

PacerFan31
07-24-2006, 02:43 PM
Pacers.com now has a link about Al on it from ESPN.com.

bulletproof
07-24-2006, 02:47 PM
What a strange off-season. This must have come as a shock to AJ...and maybe even Rick. :devil:

Frank Slade
07-24-2006, 02:54 PM
What a strange off-season. This must have come as a shock to AJ...and maybe even Rick. :devil:

Oh you are a sly one aren't you :evillaugh.

To reiterate myself from the other thread, at least it looks like Larry is going to take a look at the young prospects, I assume you would not actually comment on them if they were striclty waiver fodder.:confused:

Mac_Daddy
07-24-2006, 02:57 PM
I didn't know we lost to Toronto in the playoffs. I must have been dreaming.

bulletproof
07-24-2006, 03:04 PM
Oh you are a sly one aren't you :evillaugh.

I just titter at the idea of them getting rid of AJ out of tough love for Rick.

rel
07-24-2006, 03:04 PM
“Both Powell and Marshall are young and talented players who possibly can help us and we’re excited to take a look at them. Their experience with a championship-caliber team like Dallas last season gives them the mentality of what it takes to win at the highest level."

This makes it sound like we're gonna give them a shot. Lets hope he keeps his word , rather then just waiving them

JayRedd
07-24-2006, 03:05 PM
To reiterate myself from the other thread, at least it looks like Larry is going to take a look at the young prospects, I assume you would not actually comment on them if they were striclty waiver fodder.:confused:

I wouldn't necessary assume that.

When Bird speaks to the media, he's speaking the the average sports fan--one which doesn't understand the CBA at all and that sometimes moves that are entirely about financial details need to be made.

Most fans like AJ. Especially after that 40 game. So it sounds really bad for Larry to say, "We are trying to make sure the Simons don't have to pay luxury tax money so we traded some guy our fans like for a really old washed up defensive specialist and two guys that will never be on this team ever. Essentially we wanted to save $1.5 million."

It sounds a lot better to tell the media/fans that he considers these guys to be potential "prospects" which we will "look at" and then "decide aren't good enough for the roster".

These guys will be waived by week's end.

Frank Slade
07-24-2006, 03:07 PM
I didn't know we lost to Toronto in the playoffs. I must have been dreaming.

Looks like someone was sleeping on the job again as Editor in Chief.

http://www.nba.com/media/pacers/bowser_resize.jpg




These guys will be waived by week's end.

I will bet you one smilie cookie that they make it through this week.

Charcoal Filtered
07-24-2006, 03:30 PM
Armstrong - Next Pacer Head Coach?

vapacersfan
07-24-2006, 04:47 PM
What a strange off-season. This must have come as a shock to AJ...and maybe even Rick. :devil:

The Pacers are not making any moves, and cleary we are bound to be a lottery team. Jeeze, how have we not made any moves yet this offseason

FrenchConnection
07-24-2006, 04:59 PM
I just have the impression that we don't know the actual dynamics in the lockerroom. We just assume that AJ was a good guy and that everyone hates Jack, but I think that the opposite may be true. Many on this board hate Jack and Tins, but what if the actual problem in the room was AJ not accepting his back-up role? Do you think that it is a coincidence that AJ, as a back-up PG, did not get along with the last two players ahead of him on the depth chart? Why does he hate Jason Kidd so much? I have no idea, but I think that this kind of thought deserves some consideration.