Mike Wells reportson the trade deadline excitement yesterday afternoon.
The Pacers thought they had a deal to send Ford and shooting guard Brandon Rush to the Charlotte Bobcats for point guard D.J. Augustin, swingman Gerald Henderson and center Nazr Mohammed.
About 10 minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline, the Bobcats called it off.
In the end, Bobcats ownership pulled the plug, haning onto two young players as well as Mohammed. As David Arnott at Rufus On Fire points out, maybe those in charge in Charlotte simply decided to hang onto their young talent instead of looking for a short-term boost with T.J. Ford only under contract for one more year. Plus, the Bobcats have some serious front court health issues and ended up picking up the well-travelled Theo Ratliff for a future second round pick.
After the jump, more links of interest and the latest episode of Pacers Crate.
Same faces for the rest of the season
From Pacers Insider, Mike Wells posts his initial thoughts on the near-trade with Charlotte.
TJ Ford & Brandon Rush for DJ Augustin, Gerald Henderson and Nazr Mohammed ??????????????
Spectacular post from Jared Wade at 8.9, perfectly capturing then burst of emotional insanity tied to the late-breaking trade rumor yesterday.
Three Teams End up with a Whole Lotta Nothing
Sean Deveney includes the Pacers with Phoenix and Miami as three teams that were very active in negotiations before the trade deadline but ended up doing nothing.
Wily Walsh keeps eye on the prize
Peter Vecsey reacts to Donnie Walsh working the trade deadline to clear more cap space. I have to agree with his lede. "If I were David Stern, I immedi ately would declare Every Day to be Trade Deadline Day."
Hill hopes he provides inspiration
Jeff Rabjohns reports on George Hill sticking around Indy to have his jersey retired at IUPUI. I always remain amazed at how well Hill's game developed from a skinny, lethal shooter in high school to an athletic playmaker in the NBA.
IUPUI Wins Big On George Hill Night Over UMKC
Larry Hawley has more on George Hill including video highlights of the ceremony.