That's Right TJ, YOUR GONNA BE GONE (and yes I'm pointing at you)!!!!!!!!
As we all know it has recently been reported on this site that Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star who has covered the Pacers since I can remember is doing a story on the 5 free agent players the Pacers have in Jeff Foster, TJ Ford, Josh McRoberts, Mike Dunleavy Jr., and Solomon Jones to give his take on rather or not the Pacers should re-sign them once the lockout ends. Today Mike Wells coverd TJ Ford and wrote that "I think everybody, including Ford, would agree it's time for him to find a new team" at the very end of his Indy star article. Pretty much the rest of the article was that statement in a nutshell. Something else worthy of mentioning is on this site it was reported that the Pacers need to let TJ Ford and Solomon Jones go. These head Indy Star reporters of the Colts, Purdue, UI, Indianapolis High school sports, and of course the Pacers are usually pretty accurate in predicting something they seem certain about. Mike Chapel on his Q & A blog said that Peyton Manning will either this season or next get a long-term deal last February and the person who covers Indiana High School sports told me in an email when I asked him about Greg Oden that he would go one season at Ohio State then enter the NBA draft, and in the fall of 2006 Mike Wells said that it would be more interesting to see if Stephen "Just Shoot Me" Jackson who was traded to Golden State that season in one of the biggest trades in NBA history will return a Pacer for the season then if he returns to the form he played when he was the 6th man on the San Antonio Spurs in their 2003 NBA championship. So I think judging by Mike Wells (head Indy Star writer for the Pacers) words it's time for TJ Ford to find a new team. Since Ford is only 28 I think after the lockout ends someone will take a chance on him and although that team will not be the Pacers other teams that could take a chance on him in my opinion would include the Lakers-since once the lockout is lifted they will likely be over the salary cap and in trouble for having too high of a payroll and the Lakers do seem out of money and pretty desperate for a PG since Derek Fisher isn't getting any younger, Shannon Brown will likely be gone in 2 seasons, and Steve Blake ended up being the biggest LA Lakers free agent bust since Luke Walton. The Heat would be another team Ford could sign with since pretty much all their PG's will be free agents and that seems to be the team's biggest weakness. The Minnesota Timberwolves also seem desperate for 2 things signing Kevin Love long-term and a PG. Which means Ford signing a one year deal in Minnesota is a possability. Mike Wells started his coverage on the Pacers 5 free agents and where they would end up next season with Jeff Foster saying that the Pacers re-signing him would be a good move. Personally I think that depends on who they can land in 2 seasons and what type of deal Foster wants. But as a fan I gotta say that it would be nice to see Jeff Foster back in a Pacers uniform once the lockout ends. Next up for Mr. Wells will be Josh "McRob" McRoberts who he may express interest in the Pacers keeping since Larry Bird did kind of back out of the trade offer of the Grizz giving us OJ Mayo for Brandon Rush, McRob and a 2011 first round pick.
If anyone is interested here is the link to the article