Ford Wants to Join Contender: T.J. Ford has been one of the most impressive players during Impact Basketball’s Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas. He’s scoring the ball well, finding his teammates and showing why he’ll be one of the most highly coveted point guards when the lockout ends.
Ford will be an unrestricted free agent so while he’s playing with members of the Indiana Pacers, such as Paul George, Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush, there’s a good chance that he won’t return to the team. During his three-year stint in Indiana, Ford bounced in and out of the rotation and was nearly traded several times. Now, as he starts the next chapter of his career, he’s hoping to join a contending team.
“First, it’s about winning,” Ford told HOOPSWORLD. “I want to be on a team where it’s about winning and they’re heading in the right direction. Definitely, it’s a team that’s going to be in the playoffs and go further than just the first round. I just want to be part of a team. Whether that means playing 10, 15, 20, 30 or 35 minutes, I just want to be one of the factors that helps the team win.”
While Ford is looking forward to free agency, he’s currently focusing his attention on the labor talks.
“The most important thing is getting a deal done,” Ford said. “Being a free agent and in a lockout, we’re all in the same situation whether you have a contract or not. Let’s hope we can get a deal done.”