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News » Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-07-26

Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-07-26

Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-07-26

Roy Hibbert, C, 7-2, Georgetown -- Drafted by Toronto but will be sent to the Pacers as part of the Jermaine O'Neal trade when it becomes finalized July 9. Hibbert is considered a fundamentally sound big man who is known more for his defense than his offense. He will immediately help the Pacers' horrendous defense.

Brandon Rush, G/F, 6-6, Kansas -- Was drafted by Portland at No. 13 but sent to the Pacers for Jerryd Bayless and forward Ike Diogu. Rush can shoot from long distance, he's a good rebounder and can play multiple positions. He'll team with Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy to give the Pacers a solid three-man rotation at the swingman spot.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Pacers addressed a lot of needs with two big trades; the next step is to fit the pieces together. One piece that probably doesn't fit, with G T.J. Ford on board, is G Jamaal Tinsley.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Pacers aren't scheduled to lose any significant free agents off their roster this summer.


--The Pacers have no intention of going into their past to help their frontcourt. Team officials said they have no interest in re-signing C David Harrison, who failed to live up to expectations in four seasons with the franchise.

Harrison, who averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 fouls in 14 minutes during his four seasons with the Pacers, was part of the team's off-the-court problems. He was suspended by the NBA last season for five games for failing a drug test.

--The Pacers are going to have to trade G Jamaal Tinsley if they expect to rid themselves of the injury-prone point guard.

Team president Larry Bird said he doesn't believe in buying out contracts, something that seemed like a logical decision when talking about Tinsley.

"We hear this buyout stuff all the time," Bird told an Indianapolis radio station. "I think these guys should earn their money. If you can't trade them, let them stay at home. We're in some situations here where the same people continue to get in trouble. We have to deal with it. We'll deal with it the way we think is appropriate."

Bird and coach Jim O'Brien both said it's time for them to part ways with Tinsley, who only played in 39 games last season. Bird has to find a team that's willing to take the remaining three years of Tinsley's contract and his well-documented injury problems.

--Sooner or later, the Pacers hope F Shawne Williams will finally learn his lesson.

One of Williams' associates from his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., encountered legal trouble in the Indianapolis area for the third time in less than a year on July 18.

Darrell Smith Jr., a passenger in the car Williams was driving, was arrested after police found a small amount of marijuana. Williams was given seat belt and window tint violations.

"You do hit your head against the wall," Bird told an Indianapolis radio station. "Shawne is a young man and I'm not going to make excuses for him. We've talked to him a number of times about doing the right things."

Williams' latest incident came less than a month after team president Larry Bird said he's on "thin ice" as far as his future in the organization goes.

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