It appears to me Bird feels Hansbrough is ready to play 30+ minutes a night , as a result McRoberts will see less time from now on . He saw Mayo as an upgrade over Rush and could also get rid of Soloman Jones at the same time.
If Josh wanted after the season and the Pacers found it was a mistake trading him they simply could sign him as a free agent.
Mayo who is being bashed here at 23 with a fresh start would fit the Pacers plans long term if he showed he wanted to fit - I value Jalen Rose's comments when the Pacers acquired Rose he was considered a malcontent in Denver but flurished here under Bird. Jalen was speaking from personal experience and I'm sure with knowledge of Mayo as a person.
I DO HOPE Bird makes every effort to get Mayo this summer . I believe the doubters will regret the trade failed as time goes on. Mayo at 6'4 can play some point guard too , seems to me the fact Bird wanted him shows he's less than satisfied with Rush and Price in my opinion.
I like Josh but with Hansbrough here I truly see Josh going back to being a 15 minute a game sub if he is even here next season.