I know that I will take much abuse from this post but when you step back and look at really how valuable Foster is you can see why they need to trade him.
First I like Jeffs work ethic, he hustles, rebounds and for the most part runs the floor fairly well. On the other hand he can't hit open shots from 5 feet out. Is a terrible free throw shooter, and commits way to many stupid fouls.
On a team that is now being shaped very slowly Jeff Foster is now a luxury, not an asset. When Jeff is in the game the Pacers are forced to play 5 on 4 on the offensive end. That being said zone defenses are now the norm as more teams are just challanging the Pacers to shoot it. The PAcers as a team, especially with the new players, are not shooting the mid range jumper with ANY consistancy.
Now I know many of you will say...but Jeff doesn't get in any trouble or hurt you on the defensive end... Jeff on the defensive end does hurt us, I could be wrong, but Jeff may lead the Pacers in fouls as a player is shooting...basket good, free throw good...three point play the hard way for the Pacers opponets. Honestly I've seen O'Neal and Tinsley make the same MISTAKES with that pretty consistantly...O'Neal at Detroit on Sheed and Tinsley against the Warriors the other night.
Jeff Foster is what he is. He is NEVER going to develop a consistant jumper or he would have. His offensive boards are only a plus if we convert on the offensive end after he gets one. Honestly the PAcers are one of the poorest executing teams in the NBA....the only saving grace is that there are a ton of poor executing teams in the NBA....some just have better shooters.
I am all for moving Foster in any trade that will get this team a better then average point guard...Mike Bibby comes to mind, or a better shooter...Mike Miller comes to mind.
The art of the mid range jumper is all but dead, save Rip Hamilton, None of the Pacers shoot the ball with any consistancy from mid range. The Pacers need that more then anything to be a better mid range shooting team.
I do feel that Jeff will be traded only becasue we have to include him to get rid of someone that we don't want to keep.
Lets Blow this Sucker UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!