David Aldridge (NBA.com) thinks we should go after a certain former Pacer in free agency:
8. The Pacers should sign Brandon Rush
Rush has fallen off most folks' radar since he was traded to Golden State in 2011. He tore his ACL and MCL early in the 2012-13 season, and played in just two games for that season. Then, he was dealt to Utah in the multi-player trade last summer that helped Golden State clear cap room to sign free agent Andre Iguodala.
He played sporadic minutes in Salt Lake City and didn't have a future in Utah with Alec Burks in place as the team's two guard. He certainly has no place there now that the Jazz took Dante Exum with the fifth pick overall.
So it would make sense for both Rush and the Pacers for a reunion. He's still only 28, and -- unfortunately for him -- he hasn't played much the last couple of seasons, so he hasn't accumulated the wear and tear many of his peers have. But Larry Bird saw something in Rush to get him on Draft night in 2008 (it was the same night the Pacers got Roy Hibbert from Toronto) from Portland, which took Rush with the 13th pick overall.
Rush shot 45 percent on 3-pointers two seasons ago and hasn't lost that skill. And the Pacers, in the bottom half of 3-point shooting last season, need help in that area. Rush shouldn't be thought of as a replacement for Stephenson if Indiana loses him in free agency, but he's capable of playing the position, at least on a part-time basis.
An incentive-based deal for Rush would certainly be cheaper than what it will likely take to re-sign Stephenson, and Rush will likely be welcomed back in the locker room if, for no other reason, for the calm he'd finally bring to what has been a volatile position.
Haven't seen Rush play since the second ACL tear, assuming he's back from that all for bringing him back for the minimum. Ekpe Udoh didn't get his option picked up by Milwaukee, wouldn't mind taking a flier on him.
Rush or Dunleavy? You make the call.
Call me insane but Rush over Dun any day for a bench role player behind Lance. Not the answer but a low cost bench guy.
please god no
Pacers are targeting Xavier Henry in free agency to replace Evan Turner.— Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) July 1, 2014
Last edited by Grimp; 06-30-2014 at 10:30 PM.
I wouldn't mind Henry, he's only 23
I can't wait until Jodie Meeks signs a long-term contract with someone else.
The Indiana Pacers are coming off of a very disappointing end to the 2013-14 NBA season, and are looking to make a few moves to come back stronger next season. According to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Pacers are interested in signing shooting guard C.J. Miles this offseason and will visit with him later on today. This is a very intriguing fit for the Pacers, and Miles would bring scoring and defense to the bench.
I'd love Rush back!
I got it! Bring back McBob, Dun, Rush, Augustine for the bench. Wowza!!!
The only part of the post that I do not agree with is that I thought that BRush had some locker room issues....which I thought that Bird didn't like.
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2013-2014 Pacer fan's asperations...
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
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