Travis Diener loves telling his teammates the latest gossip.
Whenever the injury-prone point guard sees another trade rumor swirling around the NBA about the future of Troy Murphy in Indianapolis, Diener makes sure the power forward hears about it. For Murphy, new rumors and evidence suggesting that he may be on the last leg of his tour in Indy continues to gain steam with merely three weeks remaining before the Feb. 18 trading deadline.
After the Pacers were crushed by the Cavs Friday night at Conseco "Reggie Miller" Fieldhouse, Murphy was asked about the possibiility of landing in Cleveland for the remainder of the season.
"It's a business and I understand there's a possibility that I could be moved," Murphy said. "I can't get away from the ongoing rumors because Travis (Diener) is right next to me (in the locker room) and he is always informing me of what's being talked about."
Glad to see Travis trying to lighten the mood a little in a increasingly dark locker room.
But, there isn't a guarantee that Murphy will be packing his bags by the end of the month. Mike Wells reports in his IndyStar article that the Pacers may have to hold on to Murphy based on the fact of injuries. Right now, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster are injured with uncertain return dates. And if Murphy is traded without an acceptable power forward in return, the Pacers would be short in the position. I'll say this, if they don't trade Murphy because Hansbrough has an ear infection for two months, then management needs to be dropped immediately. That's unacceptable. Play Diener at power forward for two months. That'd be a helluva small-ball lineup.
Wells also added some news about trade talks surrounding T.J. Ford. He noted that it has become increasingly difficult to trade Ford due to the point guard planning on picking up his $8.5 million player option this summer for one more year. Apparently, Ford plans on picking up on the option no matter what, and it's hard to blame him. He wouldn't make anywhere close to that money on the open free-agent market.
Check out the jump for links concerning last night's loss to the Cavs.
- AP Story
- Box Score/Recap
PACERS: Inside the Game: Cavs 94, Pacers 73
Bruno's Inside the Game report has all of the notes, quotes, numbers and highlights.
LeBron James more than a scorer
Mike Wells explores the awesomeness that is LeBron James against the Indiana Pacers. Coach Jim O'Brien also gives Wells a quote about guns, not the most pertinent time in the NBA for it, but we'll take it. "We did not have enough bullets in our gun to make a game of it," O'Brien said. "We couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with our shots. You have to make shots in order to make it a game and we did not make shots."
IndyStar.com | Pacers Insider
Wells uses his blog to ask Pacers fans to decide the MVP race once and for all.
Cavaliers: Final Dime: Cavaliers 94, Pacers 73
The Cavs team site gushes in its team's dominating performance in Indiana.
Bigger, better Cleveland Cavaliers are just too much for the Indiana Pacers
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer recaps the Pacers loss from the Cavs' perspective.
Shaquille O'Neal is happy in helper role with Cavaliers: Cavs Insider
In the Plain-Dealer's notebook section, the article talks about Shaq being a very happy man with his new franchise.
NBA Experts Discuss Roy Hibbert
Eight Points, Nine Seconds poll the experts for some varied opinions on the past, present and future of the big man Roy Hibbert.
Q. & A. With Reggie Miller - Off the Dribble Blog
Fantastic interview conducted by the New York Times with legend Reggie Miller about his upcoming movie and the his relationship with the Knicks' franchise. A must-read for Pacers fans.