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Mike Dunleavy, TJ Ford and 25 other NBA players who will be playing elsewhere next season Part 5

 

16.David West

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-David West who is currently making 8.5 million dollars to average almost 20 PPG and 8 RPB.  On paper that seems like a deal which is why in February Adrian Worjarowski beat writer for the Hornets didn't seem very confident the Hornets would re-sign David West and recently it was reported that the Hornets had basically ended contract talks with David West making him a free agent next season if he opts to take the ETO option on his contract which is expected to happen.  David West will likely get allot of looks from other NBA teams especially the Pacers for a much bigger contract long-term.  The Hornets will likely prepare for a permanent life without David West and try to ink F- Carl Landry who will also get allot of looks from the Pacers to a long term deal.  And I'm not saying Carl Landry will get allot of looks from the Pacers because I've been a diehard Purdue fan since birth, I'm saying it because when Landry's rookie contract was up with the Houston Rockets he got allot of looks from Larry Bird but sadly wasn't signed due to Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, TJ Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Jamaal Tinsley's (which the Pacers currently still have to pay and will not oh a dime on next season), and Marquis Daniels stupid fat ass over priced contracts.  Plus we Pacers fans have to admit even though I kind of have my doubts about it happening if the Pacers could land SG-E'twaun Moore and PF-JaJuan Johnson an Indianapolis native out of Purdue and somehow sign Carl Landry (even though the team will likely be more interested in David West) they will have themselves on paper a pretty sweet trio of Purdue Boilers who should boost ticket sales.

17.Solomon Jones 

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-Entering a contract year at 1.5 million putting up 3.6 points per game, roughly 3 rebounds per game with a PER rating of 9.5 you gotta admit the Pacers got a decent deal on Solomon Jones.  But the Pacers roster is becoming a bit too full and next season they will need to release as many guys as they can to make room for young talent in the free agent market where they will have allot of money to spent and NBA draft.  So next season expect C-Solomon Jones to be playing for a different team. 

 

18.Brandon Rush

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-Ever since he was drafted by the Blazers then traded to the Pacers in 2008, Brandon Rush has been spelling out the word first round bust.  His shot has been very streaky (not near as bad as Gun Jack's or Dunleavy's though) and every season he has managed to play his way out being traded towards the end of the season.  This season things may be different for Mr. Rush considering the fact that he has been in trouble with the law for illegal drugs something that doesn't suit well with Larry Bird and has not been playing or acting like Reggie Miller something he said he thought he could do for the Pacers when he was drafted.  This offseason, expect Bird to trade Rush for what ever he can get as long as it doesn't cause the Pacers problems with their salary ASAP.  Of course knowing our luck all Bird will likely be able to get out of Rush is a second round draft pick and someone like Keith Bogans or David Anderson.   Or who knows OJ Mayo's names been tossed around in the trade market maybe Larry Bird can trade Brandon Rush and Dante Jones for OJ Mayo, but I highly doubt that happens although I think Bird would take that trade in a heart beat.  

19.Quinton Ross

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-Last June the New Jersey Nets traded Yi Jianlian and cash to the Wizards for SF-Quinton Ross.  Man did the Nets ever bomb themselves out on that trade paying Quinton Ross in a contract year just over a million dollars to put up 1.6 points per game, .9 RPG with a PER rating of 4 (talk about playing bad this guy is almost as bad as Duke G-Jon "Scheyerface" Scheyer was in the summer leagues).  Personally I think someone in the NBA who puts up roughly 1 point a game should be moved down to the D-league which is exactly where Quinton Ross may end up next season or he may end up playing for someone else who knows.  

20.Kwame Brown

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-This offseason the Bobcats took a gamble on C-Kwame Brown on a one year deal worth less then a million dollars and kind of hit the jack pot with Brown averaging roughly 7 points and rebounds per game with a PER rating of 13.  But something to keep in mind is that this is Kwame Brown we're talking about someone who before he played for the Bobcats was not doing well in Detroit and was considered by many Pistons fans to be a bad signing on Joe Dumars part.  Kwame's 2 most notable NBA teams are the Wizards who originally drafted him first overall in 2001 and the LA Lakers who traded for him shortly after Shaq was released.  In his time in the nations capital Kwame has been booed many times by Wizards fans and had his own team mate instruct Wizard's fans to boo him and when he was with the Lakers he was the most hated man in the state of California and was arrested on DUI charges in 2007.  So personally I highly doubt that based on his past history with other teams the Bobcats, Pacers, or any other team he as played for have any intention of signing Kwame next season.  However this season someone will take a chance on him with bigger contract which will be a waste of money of 2 years or longer.  Something else worthy of mentioning about Kwame Brown is that he was drafted out of Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick Georgia and is considered by many to be the biggest first round draft bust in NBA history coming straight out of high school.  And as A Pacers fan I don't think I can argue with that since Jonathan Bender was not the number one pick of the 1999 NBA draft.

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