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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  25 responses

T.J. Ford Refuses Buyout from Pacers

Ford isn’t going to leave any money on the table, thereby potentially creating an ugly situation in Indiana. The Indy Star reports: “The Pacers – like they’ve been doing for quite some time – tried to trade Ford on Wednesday. They couldn’t throw him in a deal so they then tried to negotiate a buyout with him. The Pacers wanted Ford to take a buyout for about $5 million. The point guard quickly shot that idea down. ‘I’m not taking a buyout,’ Ford said. You can’t blame Ford for not taking a buyout, especially since he’s scheduled to make $8.5 million next season. He didn’t pick up his player option to leave $3.5 million on the table. ‘T.J. is on the team and we expect him to come in here and be professional and try to get a job and get some playing time,’ Bird said.”

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  • price

    trade him to minny. apparently they real like point guards.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I wonder if at some point Larry Bird is thinking: “I’m done with this shit, I’m out.” (And no, that’s not a knock on T.J. Ford)

  • Ken

    I know Price is joking, but I bet David Kahn is actually watching this situation with interest.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I think this may be his last year in the league so he’s smart not to leave any money on the table.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    HAHA. You know Kahn is watching closely…he has to be. He loves the smell of point guards in the morning. It maybe smart for Ford not to leave money on the table but I dont see him getting a ton of minutes backing up Collison. That and he’ll probably get hurt again. I doubt he will end the season in Indy.

  • JoeMaMa

    So Jamaal Tinsley and TJ Ford walk into a bar…

  • vuk

    “so jamaal tinsley and tj ford walk into a bar…” – funny comment hahaha

    poor pacers, but things are lookin up wit collison, hes gonna be a great young PG, definitly deserves a starting role

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    JoeMaMa beat me to mentioning Tinsley…

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    the most they can save with the buyout is probably the vet min amt. even then that’s discounted cuz there’s no guarantee that he will sign on with another team.

  • T-Money

    They wanted him to leave 3.5 on the table?! Did they sign the proposal with a smiley face or “LOL”?

  • Adrian Zapata

    Man, TJ Ford hasn’t fallen so hard since his spinal injury a few years back. I remember when this guy was at Willoridge HS in Houston, just beating people down. Then at Texas… College player of the year. He’s either permanently hurt, or he’s just lost his touch.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Yeah, who the hell can blame Ford? 3.5 million, christ. TJ Ford isn’t signing any max contracts, that’s a boatload.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    T.J. Ford made a good business decision.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I love when players do stuff like this.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Tj ford: has never progressed

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    T.J. Ford did the right thing, but doesn’t Bird need to be ran off as GM. One good trade for Darren Collision a day ago, doesn’t forgive him for getting rid of a lot of the Pacers assets in the past.

  • http://slam Kid Canada

    Trade him to Miami they need him

  • Coney Islander

    He’ll get minutes in Europe.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Looks like TJ didn’t skip class at Texas

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Ford never improved, and I can see why the Pacers have no use for him… but damn I’m with TJ on this. Pacers signed him to that deal afterall, no way I’m losing 3.5 mil. BTW, the only way Ford is back in the league next year is if a team has a PG crisis leading in and he signs for the minimum.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    “so TJFord and JamalTinsley walk into a bar” wins

  • MikeC.

    Can’t blame Ford for wanting what his contract says he gets. The flip side is he’s not going to get a chance to show any other teams that he’s worth a shot if he can’t get any run. It looks like he’s betting on financial security over betting on his own abilities to land another contract. If he could cut down his turnovers and work on his jumper, he’d get a job as a pace-changing backup PG. For low dollars, he’d fit in D’Antoni’s system.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    “If he could cut down his turnovers and work on his jumper”.

    This has been the case for seven years. Not happening now.

  • savyvet

    I love the way everyone downs Bird. Like he made Ron Artest run into the stands. He tried to stick by him (Artest) and he still demanded a trade. Alot of the players he got rid of were atleast at that time damaged goods either physically or image wise. (Jackson, Artest, Tinsley, J.O.) The fans would have abandoned the team if he didn’t get rid of them. What was he going to get equal value? He did alright to get Peja, Dunleavy, and Murphy. Ford has been a disapointment but then again J.O. was coming off an injury. I’d take 100 Larry Birds over 1 Isiah Thomas.

  • rikson

    Everybody gets minutes in europe…

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