Aldridge: A.J. Price An Unrestricted Free Agent After Pacers Renounce Rights

Apr 14, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Indiana Pacers guard A.J. Price (12) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

According the NBA TV's David Aldridge, the Indiana Pacers let guard A.J. Price go by withdrawing their qualifying offer on the third-year player, taken in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2009 draft.

By moving Price, the Pacers free up a roster spot and about $1 million in cap space and also let their security blanket point guard and a locker room favorite leave the Fieldhouse. Juice could always return under a new free agent contract but his move may indicate others in the offing that require additional roster space.

As for Price, I really hope he lands in a situation where he can play consistent minutes. The guy has been a great pro for the Pacers in his utility backup roll the past couple of seasons. He was in and out of the playing rotation a few different times and always took the floor ready to play no matter how long it had been since his last run.

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