Mike Wells has a nice interview with Jim O'Brien running in today's Star. I love the way he lays out his thoughts and plans for the upcoming season. He stays away from fluff so I get the sense he truly believes in his go forward plan. Obviously, the roster situation is unsettled but O'B is planning as if J.O. and everyone else on the current roster will be with the Pacers.
O'Neal, along with Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, are the marquee names being discussed in trade rumors.
O'Neal has said he doesn't want to stay if the Pacers rebuild.
"I know trades are hard to make when you're talking about a big trade involving somebody like Jermaine O'Neal or Kevin Garnett because they are extremely important to the future of your franchise, and you cannot make a mistake, nor will we make a mistake about that," O'Brien said. "I have a sense that the odds are against the fact that Jermaine O'Neal will be traded. It's just reality. . . . With that in mind, I'm playing the odds. I'm planning on coaching him."