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If Rajon Rondo is truly available, there is one team where he'd be such a good fit that it might make the Miami Heat the second choice among oddsmakers to win the NBA title.
And if Larry Bird can get his hands on Rondo, the Indiana Pacers would be that team.
Word was spreading on Twitter yesterday that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was seeking two unprotected first-round draft picks in any deal involving Rondo, and I tweeted my immediate reaction -- the Pacers have probably already made a call to see if that is true
I discussed this possibility even further in this interview with Chris Moore and Brian Jones of CBS Sports Radio, also offering my thoughts on the possibility of Carmelo Anthony and/or Kevin Love getting moved (no and no).
But let's delve into the Rondo to the Pacers possibility, and see if it could make sense for both teams.
_ First, the Celtics would want to move Gerald Wallace's contract in that deal, and the salaries for Rondo and Wallace add up to $22.06 million.
_ Second, two unprotected first-round picks from the Pacers are not the equivalent of, say, two first-round picks from the Bucks. So my guess would be that Indiana would have to throw in a third first-rounder (and they could not include their 2014 pick, since that is already going to the Phoenix Suns)
_The Celtics would not want any onerous long-term salary commitments in this deal, but they would want a serviceable player if they had to take back a second player aside from Danny Granger ($14.02 million expiring deal). That player could be George Hill, who earns $8 million in each of the next three seasons.
Paul George suffered a guesome injury a few days ago in the USA Basketball scrimmage. What does this mean for the Pacers in 2014-15? What about the direction of the Pacers going forward? Should they make a rebuilding move before or during this season? Can they even make the playoffs this season? In regards to USA Basketball, will this change things going forward? Will guys elect to not play in international play, or will their teams restrict players from being a part of USA Basketball?
Join JT LIVE as he breakdown The Miami Heat vs The Indiana Pacers, in a pivotal game 6 match up from Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Can the Heat close out the Pacers? Or can the Pacers force a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals? You don't want to miss this show!
When you make it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, you are an elite team. Period.
But that does not mean you are a legitimate championship contending team.
And if the Indiana Pacers are going to take that next step, they need to upgrade their backcourt in some way. George Hill and Lance Stephenson are nice players ... but that's the nicest thing you can say about them. When one of the other, or both, had a bad game in the playoffs, the Pacers usually lost.
So what is the cure?
Well, for starters, Rajon Rondo is out there to be had. So is Eric Gordon.
Do the Pacers have the assets to acquire either of them? That's the tough part of the equation. Boston wants no part of George Hill's contract, which pays him $8 million per season for three more years. Boston wants no part of Gerald Green. It's a been-there, done-that sort of thing.
Certainly Paul George and the expiring contract of Danny Granger could get it done, but Larry Bird would never trade his best player for a wingnut like Rondo. But what about Granger and three future first-round picks? Would that get it done?
I discussed that issue, along with the additions of Chris Copeland and C.J. Watson in this interview with Michael Grady and Joe Staysniak on 1070-The Fan in Indianapolis this morning.
The Indiana Pacers are considered by many to be one of the surprise teams of the season. We get some perspective from WISH-TV reporter, Ashley Adamson as she gives us her opinion regarding the rise of head coach, Frank Vogel’s squad and whether the Pacers have what it takes to defeat Eastern Conference powers such as the Heat and Bulls.
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On this week's episode, we'll talk about the National Championship Game between UConn and Kentucky, the decline of the Indiana Pacers, all time Lakers, MLB, and more...
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Joining Melissa and myself, is of course Sam Way, and latter on Deborah Berry. God, don't let me burn this night up! It get's better. Jeff Gabbard stops by LIVE! from the Downtown Milton Studio. Jeff is the Fire Chief of the Cambridge City Fire Department by 24/7, and Indiana Deputy Fire Marshall by 7 days a week. Oh, EMS, Nurse, Master Firefighter, even a drag car racer. Let's talk about Fire Safety and prevention. Jeff and both his 'staffs' did just that this past week, going into the schools and addressing citizens about 'blazing hell' - which turns into trauma for someone. We learned not to play with matches, and graduated to smoke alarms and personal fire extengushers. But, MR and MRS TBI (or Miss), do you know when to use, HOW to use, or properly checked the fighting apperatice?
Need help? Take notes. This is a fantastic opportunity to discus fire, EMT and first-respoce questions. Have any? Ever been on the other side, where you was the FIRST needing response, but was, uh, knocked out or something?
More first responce of the lawful side is expected. Milton Police Chief Josh Russell may stop by, time permitting (busy schedule that EVER changes, he has) and discuss house and home safety, neighborhood watch programs and just what to do if that weird looking goblin' hangs around your house too long during Halloween. Josh is also an emergency responder, thank you God - he's done it at my house a FEW times. My version of C.O.P.S. - Concerned, Offering Police Service. Talk to an officer, share and trade TBI concerns of living alone, confussion and efforts by both us, and them. Register.
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A show that talks all Detroit sports, including the Tigers, the Lions, the Red Wings, the Pistons, the Michigan State Spartans, the Michigan Wolverines, and more.
Recap of Week 7 between the Lions and the Saints at Ford Field.
The Red Wings sweep the Maple Leafs in a home-and-home series over the weekend after losing in a shootout to the Boston Bruins.
A (TRUE) rumor is out that the Ilitch family is selling the Wings, Tigers, and Little Caesars and making "retirement plans".
Mickey York of FOX Sports Detroit bashes Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist and should be fired immediately for it.
The Pistons wrap up their preseason on a high note with a win in Atlanta.
And in the college football world in the mitten, the Spartans crush the Hoosiers 56-17 in Bloomington, Indiana, the Wolverines have the bye week, and other scores:
Ball State Cardinals: 32, Central Michigan Chippewas: 29
Massachusetts: 36, Eastern Michigan Eagles: 14
Western Michigan Broncos: 26, Bowling Green Falcons: 14
Tigers President/General Manager Dave Dombrowski's press conference and unreasonable questions.
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