Happy NBA Draft Eve everybody!
With the pre-draft formalities out of the way, teams around the NBA will spend the day finalizing their draft board. Down at the Fieldhouse, the Pacers will also have an ear to a phone, or a few phones, looking to make a deal to move up, down or out of the draft.
One of those pre-draft formalities is the annual pre-draft presser by Larry Bird, which was held yesterday, where he re-affirms the obvious, tweaks Mike Wells and generally escapes leaving nothing to analyze except for which comments were actually misinformation. One thing that is the straight truth, is Bird's declaration that it is time to win.
"I want to win. Our team wants to win," he said. "If the right deal comes up we would probably move forward. You never know what's going to happen but it's time to win here."
Bruno has the details covered including my favorite comment which came when he addressed Ron Artest winning a championship and apologizing for his past behavior with the Pacers.
"He doesn't owe us anything. We've moved on and wish him all the best."
After the jump, a bunch of links with some of the latest rumors and deals swirling around the league along with Daniel Orton's workout yesterday, Reggie Miller's comments on Artest and J.O., video of the presser and a look at William Wesley.
Trading pick for point guard might be way to go for Pacers
Mike Wells reports on Larry Bird's presser and seems convinced trading the 10th pick for a point guard is the preferred route for the team to take.
PACERS: Prospect Profile 2010: Daniel Orton
Prospect profile: Daniel Orton of Kentucky talks about his NBA Draft prospects after his second workout for the Indiana Pacers on June 22.
PACERS: Prospect Profile: Thomas Heurtel
Prospect Profile: Thomas Heurtel of France talks about his NBA Draft prospects after working out for the Indiana Pacers on June 22.
NBA Draft: Daniel Orton tries out for the Pacers for a second time - IndySports
Jonathan Matthes and Brandon Scott report on Daniel Orton's workout with the Pacers yesterday.
DP Show Daily: Reggie Miller says Turner better than Wall
Reggie's weekly appearance on the Dan Patrick show included a little trip down memory lane for Reggie and he discussed the issues facing the Pacers with Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal butting heads. Talent wasn't the problem.
An Opportunity To Get Out Of Neutral
Andrew Perna previews the Pacers' options for making improvements over the next year now that they finally have some options to work with.
The Sothman Prophecies – The Pacers need Ricky Rubio
Ken Sothman thinks Ricky Rubio would spice things up down at the Fieldhouse. Let's all dream together.
Larry Bird hesitant to trade Brandon Rush - ProBasketballTalk
Kurt Helin riffs on a comment Bird made yesterday about not wanting to give up on Brandon Rush. Of course, he had him in a deal at the deadline last year that Charlotte shot down, so as Kurt mentions, it kind of depends.
Bucks acquire Maggette and 44th pick from Warriors for Bell/Gadzuric
Brew Hoopon the Bucks/Warriors trade. The Bucks added some overpriced talent, so what does this mean for John Salmons and Michael Redd? Speculation has been that Salmons was already out the door.
RUMOR: Golden State Warriors taking Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe if DeMarcus Cousins and Derek Favors already taken in 2010 NBA Draft
GSOM: Greg Monroe is rumored to have struggled in his workout with the Golden State Warriors. The favorite to land on the Warriors is rumored to be Epke Udoh. Could Monroe slide?
CDR to Milwaukee for Future Second Rounder?
Nets Daily: Nets and Bucks in "serious negotiations" on a deal that would send Chris Douglas-Roberts to Milwaukee for an unidentified second round pick. The Bucks hold the #37 and #47 picks.
William Wesley in the spotlight
Henry "Ahab" Abbott has been chasing the William Wesley whale for years and yesterday he downloaded what he's learned about the man who has become THE power broker in the NBA and college hoops.