It's so funny. You know it's the ones they come out in the IS to deny that are most likely to be true.
Trade rumor denounced
Walsh quickly dismissed a story in Friday's Chicago Tribune that claimed the Pacers are considering trading Ron Artest and Scot Pollard to Atlanta for Antoine Walker.
The story acknowledged that Pacers president Larry Bird said he had not talked to the Hawks about such a deal. Walsh said the same thing earlier in the week when the rumor surfaced.
"We don't have a trade like that," Walsh said. "I haven't talked to them about it."
Walker is in the final year of a contract that pays him $14,625,000 this season. A team that trades for him would have to match that salary within 15 percent plus $100,000, and the salaries of Artest ($6.15 million) and Pollard ($5.8 million) do not. That team also would stand the risk of losing Walker to another team next season.
The Hawks, meanwhile, are said to prefer to let Walker's contract expire and take advantage of the salary cap room to sign a free agent this summer. They could be as much as $18 million under the salary cap.
Walsh and Bird have repeatedly said they are not interested in trading Artest unless an All-Star player could be obtained.