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Pacers Waive Travis Diener, Reportedly To Sign With Blazers

The Indiana Pacers announced today that they waived seldom-used point guard, Travis Diener.

"We want to thank Travis for his time with us," said Pacers President of Basketball Larry Bird. "Unfortunately, he struggled with injuries while with us and that held him back. He’s a tough player who I’m sure will contribute somewhere in the NBA. We wish him the best."

Diener only played in four games this season, bouncing bouncing back and forth between the active and inactive roster for games. A toe injury kept him sidelined early in the season but he appeared to be healthy enough to play if needed over the past couple of months.

Unless something strange happened behind the scenes, this is likely the Pacers offering Diener an out to sign with another team where he may have a chance to play.  There's no doubt Diener wasn't happy with his situation on the roster, simply because he didn't have a chance to play. Rookie A.J. Price pushed Diener out of the picture for playing time this season and any available second of time Price doesn't play at this point is a crime against humanity.

Diener was set to be a free agent at the end of this season.

UPDATE: According to Woj, once through waivers, Diener expects to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers. Larry Bird definitely did Travis a solid.