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Will Galen
07-01-2008, 04:09 PM
Caught In The Web
by Conrad Brunner

http://my.nba.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5800009009

Jul 1, 2008
Welcome to Pacers held hostage, day five.

Maybe it isn't as extreme as all that but, for all intents and purposes, the franchise is basically in a holding pattern until the NBA transactions moratorium lifts, the proper approvals can be granted and the Pacers can move forward with their (reported) seven new players.

"The funny thing is," said team President Larry Bird, "they can’t even play in summer league."

They would be Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert, the two players (reportedly) acquired by the Pacers in their two (reported) draft-night trades. They might also include Josh McRoberts, a second-year player (reportedly) acquired in the Portland deal who no doubt would benefit from the summer-league experience.

In the meantime, the Pacers will hold their annual rookie and free agent camp this week, beginning Thursday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Among the veterans, Shawne Williams and Stephen Graham are expected to participate. There will also be local flavor in the form of guards Stanley Burrell (an Indianapolis native who attended Xavier), Earl Calloway (Indiana), David Teague (Purdue) and Pete Campbell (Butler).

And Courtney Sims will make a return engagement, hoping to stick for good this time.

The problem isn't who's on the roster, it's who's not.

After the rookie-free agent camp, the Pacers will take a dozen or so players to Florida for the Orlando Pro Summer League, which runs July 7-11. The NBA's moratorium on transactions lifts July 9 but that doesn't mean everything will be approved and announced on that day. The league will be working on approval for all of the deals that occurred in the interim, so it's possible – maybe even likely – nothing would be announced until July 10, while the basketball staff is in Orlando.

Free agency not a major option for Pacers

Though the free agent market officially opened today with some surprising news – Elton Brand, Corey Maggette and Baron Davis all opted out of their contracts – the Pacers aren't likely to get too involved in any bidding wars.

Media reports have suggested an interest in Houston restricted free agent Carl Landry, whose interior presence and hustle would be a welcome addition to any roster, but the Rockets can match any offer and are likely to keep the former Purdue standout.

James Jones recently opted out of his contract in Portland and finished third in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage last season (.440). If the Pacers weren't already so loaded at the wing positions, it'd be nice to think about J.J. returning to his original team but I wouldn't count on it.

Indiana's free agents are David Harrison, Kareem Rush and Andre Owens and none are expected to return.

Rush in, Rush out?

Though it has been commonly reported Brandon Rush will be joining brother Kareem once the (reported) trade with Portland goes through, the facts are getting in the way of that particular good story. Kareem is a free agent that wasn't likely to re-sign with the Pacers anyway, especially so now that has younger brother has come along to make him thoroughly expendable.

“People looked at him under a microscope,” Kareem told the family's hometown newspaper, the Kansas City Star. “Brandon has accomplished more than me and JaRon both accomplished in our college careers. I’m proud of him.”

Brandon isn't shy, that's for sure. Asked about his NBA goal, he reached for the biggest star.

“Reggie Miller,” he told the Kansas City paper. “I want to try to be the next Reggie Miller.”

Brandon also took a poke at his brother in his pre-draft interview Wednesday in New York. Asked what he learned from Kareem, he replied:

"Just to work hard every day. That’s the one thing he lacked early on in his NBA career. Every time I step on the court, I’m going to give it all that I have."

That would be the mandatory first step on the very long road toward achieving his ultimate goal.

Official comments on unofficial picks

Long-time NBA scouting guru Marty Blake called this "one of the most exciting drafts in the history of the league," and offered his analysis on every pick, including Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert, in a feature for NBA.com.

Blake on Rush: "I thought that Rush was maybe the best all-around guard in the draft. He can play some small forward. He’s a very well rounded player. Does a lot of things well. This is a guy that should really help Indiana."

Blake on Hibbert: "He’s more athletic than people give him credit for. He functioned very well in the Princeton offense in college. He’s a very good passer for his size. Indiana needed a big guy, and he’s a good fit."

croz24
07-01-2008, 04:15 PM
somebody needs to bump that pete campbell thread :-)

Will Galen
07-01-2008, 04:16 PM
I like what Marty Blake had to say. More and more I'm liking what the Pacers are doing.

Tom White
07-01-2008, 04:36 PM
Brunner failed to mention Flip Murray in his list of Pacer free agents. Has his status changed or was it just an oversight?

NuffSaid
07-01-2008, 04:38 PM
I think Flip was an oversight, but I'm sure it was assumed he wouldn't return this year considering he came here only because he viewed the Pacers as his best option to make the post-season. We came close, but was just short.

317Kim
07-01-2008, 05:19 PM
I'm still bummed that we won't be able to see a lot of our players during the Summer League games. I was really looking forward to it.

maragin
07-01-2008, 05:20 PM
David Stern needs to address this, as it's an obvious failing in the system.

PR07
07-01-2008, 05:33 PM
I knew Pete Campbell would get a look somewhere. I like our Summer League team, I could see Stanley Burrell making the team if Quis or Shawne Williams is moved.

croz24
07-01-2008, 05:55 PM
what does russell westbrook have that burrell doesn't? that's all westbrook is. he's just a more highly publicized burrell with better athleticism. one could even argue burrell was the much better leader.

Coop
07-01-2008, 05:55 PM
Man..now I wish our PG spot wasnt so deep. I'd love the see Earl on the team. He was one of my favorites on that IU team from 2 years ago.

duke dynamite
07-01-2008, 05:58 PM
To Flip Murray:

Na na na na na na na hey hey goodbye!

Yeah, it would be nice to give a tryout spot in the summer league to Calloway. He has put up some impressive numbers with Ft. Wayne.

NuffSaid
07-01-2008, 06:08 PM
Anyone think Courtney Sims has a chance to make the roster this time around? I think the only reason he got cut last year was because we had Harrison, Foster and JO to pull duty at Center and could even go as deep as Murphy if necessary. He still stands on the outside looking in w/Foster, Nesterovic (aka, "Nester") and Hibbert, but I wouldn't mind seeing him get some playing time at PF. He's lean and athletic enough and all we really have currently @ PF is Murphy and Baston.

ABADays
07-01-2008, 08:33 PM
David Stern needs to address this, as it's an obvious failing in the system.

Bingo!

Speed
07-01-2008, 08:38 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/summer_bios.html


this must be linked wrong, I almost fell down

Jonathan Bender (6-11, 196, Picayune Memorial H.S.) Bender played in 59 games in his second season and averaged 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 9.7 minutes. . . in his seven starts, he averaged 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 17.9 minutes. . . registered the best game of his career with 20 points on 5-9 FGS, 2-2 3-pt FGS, and 8-9 FTS, along with five rebounds, two assists and a career-high four blocks vs. Orlando, 12/25. . . handed out a career-high three assists at Denver, 3/14. . . grabbed a career-high five rebounds three times. . . he became the first player in NBA history to come straight from high school to the pros and score 10+ points in his debut, scoring 10 points (4-7 FGS, 1-2 3-pt FS, 1-1 FTS) vs. Cleveland, 12/10. . . he averaged 2.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 5.4 minutes in 24 games, making one start during his rookie season.


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317Kim
07-01-2008, 08:58 PM
Egad! What is this?

:puke:

CompACE
07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
Heck yeah! David Teague! I remember when he played w/ Landry and the Boilermakers. Obviously still a long shot, but It's nice to hear about him again.

wintermute
07-01-2008, 11:02 PM
David Stern needs to address this, as it's an obvious failing in the system.

well, the moratorium period normally wouldn't be an issue, other than creating these silly situations where some trades can't be officially announced for 2 weeks.

in this case though, the summer league we participate in (orlando summer league) just happens to start early (july 7-11). the summer leagues in vegas and utah start later (july 11-20 and july 18-25), hence aren't affected.

btw, official roster is out

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/summer_bios_2008.html

rooting for burrell...

clicky2
07-01-2008, 11:31 PM
Heck yeah! David Teague! I remember when he played w/ Landry and the Boilermakers. Obviously still a long shot, but It's nice to hear about him again.

Teague's a hell of a defender too ... plus has that solid outside shot, and the size (6-6 IIRC) to play SG in the league.

As stated ... still a long shot, but hope he makes an impression.

underwave
07-02-2008, 12:33 AM
what happened to our rookies?

avoidingtheclowns
07-02-2008, 12:49 AM
what happened to our rookies?

http://www.pacersdigest.com/apache2-default/showthread.php?t=39937

underwave
07-02-2008, 01:33 AM
http://www.pacersdigest.com/apache2-default/showthread.php?t=39937
thanks

Coop
07-02-2008, 01:50 AM
Wait...Bender is playing?

Peck
07-02-2008, 03:28 AM
Wait...Bender is playing?

At a high school near you in the very near future.

I hear that he will soon break out.

Suaveness
07-02-2008, 03:46 AM
That's just mean.

beast23
07-02-2008, 07:38 AM
At a high school near you in the very near future.

I hear that he will soon break out.
Well, he could very well revolutionize...

:D

beast23
07-02-2008, 07:40 AM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/summer_bios.html


this must be linked wrong, I almost fell down

Jonathan Bender (6-11, 196, Picayune Memorial H.S.) Bender played in 59 games in his second season and averaged 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 9.7 minutes. . . in his seven starts, he averaged 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 17.9 minutes. . . registered the best game of his career with 20 points on 5-9 FGS, 2-2 3-pt FGS, and 8-9 FTS, along with five rebounds, two assists and a career-high four blocks vs. Orlando, 12/25. . . handed out a career-high three assists at Denver, 3/14. . . grabbed a career-high five rebounds three times. . . he became the first player in NBA history to come straight from high school to the pros and score 10+ points in his debut, scoring 10 points (4-7 FGS, 1-2 3-pt FS, 1-1 FTS) vs. Cleveland, 12/10. . . he averaged 2.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 5.4 minutes in 24 games, making one start during his rookie season.



Not funny!!!

That couild make me wanna go hide under a rock for another 16 months.

naptownmenace
07-02-2008, 11:03 AM
Anyone think Courtney Sims has a chance to make the roster this time around? I think the only reason he got cut last year was because we had Harrison, Foster and JO to pull duty at Center and could even go as deep as Murphy if necessary. He still stands on the outside looking in w/Foster, Nesterovic (aka, "Nester") and Hibbert, but I wouldn't mind seeing him get some playing time at PF. He's lean and athletic enough and all we really have currently @ PF is Murphy and Baston.

I doubt it because the Pacers also have McRoberts, a PF, who I think has more upside than Sims and is currently under contract.