The rumors of J.O.'s imminent departure from the Pacers have slowed down and maybe, just maybe, he's not going anywhere. In the past couple of days both subtle and overt indications have popped up that Seven will stay open for business in Broad Ripple AND Conseco Fieldhouse. The overt indication comes in the form of this L.A. Times article on the J.O. to Lakers negotiations reaching an impasse.
The sublte indication comes from this O'B chat transcript on Pacers.com. Here's the first Q&A item:
Jim O'Brien: I would say it would be Jermaine O'Neal. I know there's been talk about trading him, but we think he's a huge factor at both ends of the court. He protects the basket, takes charges, blocks shots and he's been the No. 1 scoring option for the Pacers for a number of years.
Of course, LJL's MO has been to do the unexpected, making the media rumor-mongers appear clueless. So keeping that in mind, maybe these indications are actually a step towad getting the deal done, whether it be with the Lakers or some other team.