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    Brandon Rush is using training camp and the preseason to convince the Pacers to pick up his his $2.9 million team option for the 11-12 season.

    Rush will be suspended for the first five games of the season.

    "I do think it could play a part a little bit, but I'm trying not to worry about it," said Rush, who has been practicing with the second unit. "I should be fine as long as I come out here and show I've been putting in the work and I've changed my lifestyle. Everything should work out fine if I do those things."

    The Pacers are expected to pick up center Roy Hibbert's $2.6 million option for next season.
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    Do you think the risk of him "breaking out" exceeds the benefit of not being committed to him in the future in the event that he gets into any sort of trouble again?

    I'm on the fence, but I suppose since we're talking relatively little money, it'd be wiser to hang onto him for now. You can always trade him.

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    Do you think the risk of him "breaking out" exceeds the benefit of not being committed to him in the future in the event that he gets into any sort of trouble again?

    I'm on the fence, but I suppose since we're talking relatively little money, it'd be wiser to hang onto him for now. You can always trade him.
    Agreed, you at the very least keep him as an asset, unless of course you have an indication he's still smoking dope.

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    Agreed, you at the very least keep him as an asset, unless of course you have an indication he's still smoking dope.
    I thought dope was heroin?

    Anyways, I'd still sign him for $2.9 million even if he kept smoking weed. I'd just prefer he only does it in the off-season so he doesn't get caught again. Not only for his sake and the suspensions/fines/etc he would face, but also for team PR purposes.

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    I'd just prefer he only does it in the off-season so he doesn't get caught again. Not only for his sake and the suspensions/fines/etc he would face, but also for team PR purposes.

    It's comments like this that drives me up a wall. You are condoning him doing something that is ILLEGAL! Until the law is changed it's illegal, plain n simple.

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    It's comments like this that drives me up a wall. You are condoning him doing something that is ILLEGAL! Until the law is changed it's illegal, plain n simple.
    My intention isn't to talk about legalizing it or the negative or positive effects of smoking marijuana.

    I just don't care what he does in the off-season as long as he isn't hurting anyone or anything, and he's ready when it's time to work.

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    It's comments like this that drives me up a wall. You are condoning him doing something that is ILLEGAL! Until the law is changed it's illegal, plain n simple.
    There are lots of things illegal that aren't immoral. Lots of pot smokers do lots of good things for humanity. Marijuana has been proven to help eyesight and helps guys shoot the three better. And what makes you so morally superior? Who are you to judge? Judge not Lester the Judge!
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    I thought dope was heroin?

    Anyways, I'd still sign him for $2.9 million even if he kept smoking weed. I'd just prefer he only does it in the off-season so he doesn't get caught again. Not only for his sake and the suspensions/fines/etc he would face, but also for team PR purposes.
    First, I agree that they should extend him or at least exercise the option to keep him as an asset.

    But seriously, that just sounds so wrong on so many levels. 3 million and he as an athlete is allowed to smoke weed? Seriously? I dont know how u guys handle that over there, but a professional shouldnt be allowed to smoke at all, let alone weed. They earn a **** load of money, are idols for many kids growing up, representing a community (or an entire state) and than u are fine with him smoking pot in the offseason? Come on.

    Besides, guess it isnt good for his conditioning, but most of all it shows his character and his lack of attitude. Further, he was caught in the very offseason..

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    First, I agree that they should extend him or at least exercise the option to keep him as an asset.

    But seriously, that just sounds so wrong on so many levels. 3 million and he as an athlete is allowed to smoke weed? Seriously? I dont know how u guys handle that over there, but a professional shouldnt be allowed to smoke at all, let alone weed. They earn a **** load of money, are idols for many kids growing up, representing a community (or an entire state) and than u are fine with him smoking pot in the offseason? Come on.

    Besides, guess it isnt good for his conditioning, but most of all it shows his character and his lack of attitude. Further, he was caught in the very offseason..
    I don't know what you mean by saying what he makes allows him to smoke weed. No one is "allowed", but it happens. What I'm saying is many people can smoke weed, and still continue to be very successful, responsible individuals. Some people are just better at keeping it a part of their private lives than others. In Brandon's case, it showed a lack of judgment and maturity (or to be blunt, sheer stupidity) to be smoking during the season, especially after you already failed twice. It's something that I hope he learns from in the future - keeping his work and his private life separate.

    I don't think many kids who watch the Pacers say, "I want to be just like #25!" (no offense to Brandon) But still, athletes have proven to be terrible role models for a long time now. I know, I used to idolize them myself as a kid. But you get older and you see that these people are very different when they're not on the court (as you would expect many people to be away from their work) so you learn to not get too attached just in case they mess up like this. And not getting too attached leads back to what my initial point was of not worrying about what they do in the off-season as long as they're not putting others in danger and that when the time comes to work, they work and earn that $3 million.

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    I'll be really mad if they let him go, he is the main factor the pacers defense improved last year, in fact he is the best defender on the team.

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    Of course they will pick it up, lance is still on the team. They just want to light a fire in his game haha.

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    I dont think they'll let him go, it'll just be stupid. If they dont want him on the team, Im sure they could sign him to a 3 year $8 million deal and trade him away. His defence is still good. He shows potential on offence, and then some nights doesnt show up.

    I think this is Bird's front of showing "no tolerence"...they could be trying to scare Rush so he'll smarten up and start playing
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    I would automatically pick it up even with no intention of keeping him as he's a young talent on a rookie contract and thus still has decent trade value.

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    I think eventually they'll pick up Brandon's option. But there's no reason at all that they can't use this situation to their advantage to scare him straight and make him sweat a little.

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    Not picking up BRush's Team option would be stupid unless the offense is so bad that it's giving the FO serious concerns. As many have said...at worst....he's a cheap pickup that can easily be traded.
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    Posturing.

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    He's cheap so you keep him, but I'd let him be nervous for a bit. How long do the Pacers have to decide?

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    He's cheap so you keep him, but I'd let him be nervous for a bit. How long do the Pacers have to decide?
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    All options on rookie scale (1st Round) contracts have to be picked up by Halloween of the year before. Therefore, the Pacers will need decide the fourth year for Roy and Brandon and the third year for Hansbrough by Oct 31st.

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    He's cheap so you keep him, but I'd let him be nervous for a bit. How long do the Pacers have to decide?
    Pacers have until Oct 31 or Rush will become a free agent in July 2011
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    Default Re: Pacers To Pick Up Hibbert's 11-12 Option, Unsure On Rush

    On another note, it's looking like Portland may not pick up Oden's extension. I'd be all for the twin towers experiment.

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    On another note, it's looking like Portland may not pick up Oden's extension. I'd be all for the twin towers experiment.
    I'd love to see Oden back in Indy. He's been injury prone, but if you can get him for cheap and let him have some spot duty backing up Hibbert, you're in pretty good shape in the frontcourt. If he's able to shake his injury issues, the upside is still there to really pay off in the long run. He's still only 22 years old.

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    On another note, it's looking like Portland may not pick up Oden's extension. I'd be all for the twin towers experiment.
    You mean they won't negotiate an extension this Summer. They can still submit the qualifying offer and he'll be a restricted free agent next year. I've read he's now dealing with a patellar tendinitis. Getting harder to remain optimistic on his health.

    I think the Pacers will eventually pick up Rush's option.

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    I really don't see why they should pick up the option. He's not a highly regarded player around the league and I doubt he'll get an offer as a free agent worth more than 2.9 million the first year.

    I think they should wait and let him play for his next contract, whether that's with the Pacers or somewhere else. If he has a breakout season and commands top dollar from another team, I think the Pacers will be able to give all his minutes to Paul George and not miss a beat. That's also an extra 2.9 million in salary cap space too.
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    I really don't see why they should pick up the option. He's not a highly regarded player around the league and I doubt he'll get an offer as a free agent worth more than 2.9 million the first year.

    I think they should wait and let him play for his next contract, whether that's with the Pacers or somewhere else. If he has a breakout season and commands top dollar from another team, I think the Pacers will be able to give all his minutes to Paul George and not miss a beat. That's also an extra 2.9 million in salary cap space too.
    I agree. What has Rush did as a starter that is so great?

    I can't believe I'm going to play this card I dislike it so, but I can't picture him being a starter on a team contending for a championship. The Pacer's would be better served with him coming off the bench ala Bruce Bowin.

    McRoberts is only only making $885,000 this year, and I think he's got just as much upside. Let Rush play for his new contract! As of right now he doesn't deserve the Pacers picking up his extension.

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