NBA Free Agency Links: Tyler Hansbrough to sign with Toronto Raptors

Andy Lyons

Reports have former first round pick of the Pacers headed to Toronto for the next two years.

Former Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough is reportedly ready to make a fresh start elsewhere official today when he signs with the Toronto Raptors. Looks like Hans will have to make nice with Jonas Valanciunas now.

Reports have Hansbrough signing a two year deal for anywhere from the bi-annual exception ($2.1 mil/yr) to $3 mil/yr. Regardless, that would be less than the qualifying offer the Pacers rescinded which was over $4 mil/yr. When you talk value for Hansbrough, the literal dollar figure was critical.

It didn't make sense for the Pacers to overpay for Hansbrough to be a backup for David West. They drafted Miles Plumlee to add depth to the front court, certainly with an eye toward Hansbrough's departure at the end of his contract. So if Plumlee can offer 10-15 minutes at $1.1 mil/yr and Hansbrough finds more minutes to ply his trade in Toronto, then all sides are happy.

The Pacers still have around $2 million to spend on front court depth which would be wise since Plumlee is more center than forward and recent signee Chris Copeland is more shooter than power forward. But with his obvious development showing in Orlando, Plumlee is the X-factor for the Pacers front court playing rotation.

The Summer Pacers have the day off in Orlando but there are plenty of links with a couple of interviews from Larry Bird who likes the way Plumlee is developing. Also, the Bird and Frank Vogel are back in Indy for a 1 p.m. ET press conference where they can officially discuss their free agent acquisitions.

Check out the links:

Raptors Sign Tyler Hansbrough [Updated] - Raptors HQ

Pacers to Hold Press Conference Wednesday Afternoon | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Q-and-A with Larry Bird | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

NBA sets 2013-14 salary cap, luxury tax figures | The Point Forward - SI.com

Tyler Hansbrough throws Jonas Valanciunas to the ground (VIDEO) | ProBasketballTalk

Orlando Summer League: Day 3 standouts - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

What Larry Bird thinks of Brad Stevens, Paul George and the Pacers avoiding the luxury tax | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Raptors sign free agent Tyler Hansbrough: Report - The Globe and Mail

Tyler Hansbrough has deal with Toronto Raptors - source - ESPN

Raptors on verge of signing Tyler Hansbrough | Raptors | Sports | Toronto Sun

NBA Summer League 2013 schedule: Orlando Pro Summer League play continues Wednesday - Orlando Pinstriped Post

NBA free agency rumors roundup: Spurs pushed for Andrei Kirilenko, no timetable for Andrew Bynum decision - SBNation.com

Stevens is a great coach, but he has a crummy job in Boston - NBA - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice

Rally falls short as Pacers fall to Celtics, 76-74

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Brand out for the Knicks, World Peace potentially interested - Posting and Toasting

Spurs' talks for Andrei Kirilenko end without deal - Yahoo! Sports

Confirmed: Brooklyn Nets to pay nearly $80 million in luxury taxes - NetsDaily

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