Pacers Pick Up Option For Hansbrough, Collison While Waiting On Rush

The Indiana Pacers picked up the 2011-12 contract options for current second-year players, Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough. The mere formality locks up Collison next season for about $1.45 million and Hansbrough for $2.14 million according to the latest numbers from ShamSports.

Picking up the options by the November 1st assures the Pacers that two of their rebuilding pieces will remain in Indy next season with a cost-effective salary.

"Darren and Tyler are key components of our team’s young core," said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations. "They both have bright potential and we’re excited to have them as part of our future."

So that leaves Brandon Rush as the only player on the roster with an unresolved team option for next season. Rush has struggled during the preseason with a five-game suspension hanging over his head. But with Danny Granger hobbled Rush appears set to start against Minnesota on Tuesday night as coach Jim O'Brien would prefer to keep rookie Paul George coming off the bench in the role the rook expects to play when the regular season starts.

Rush always seems to be hanging around when injuries strike his teammates allowing him plenty of playing time, but these last two preseason games may just be Rush's last chance to earn the fourth year of his rookie contract.

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