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IC Cold Links: Price's Future With Pacers In Doubt, Magic Stay Alive

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How will the Pacers handle A.J. Price?

Mike Wells mentions that Price's future with the Pacers could be up in the air since he has a non-guaranteed contract for next year. I'd be surprised if the Pacers let Price go since he remains a low-risk option on the roster. Plus, the organization is handling his surgery and rehab. If he's still rehabbing at the Fieldhouse in November they're not goint to cut him loose.

It may force the Pacers to get creative with the roster however, since the team has to plan on not only helping their starting point guard situation but now their backup situation. Just hoping Price is ready to go early next season isn't a plan. By early July, when the real roster shuffling begins, maybe the doctors can offer a more solid prognosis for Price's return. Even so, relying on Price for big minutes next season would be a huge gamble but giving him chance to recover and return when ready is a low risk worth taking when you consider the player relations side of the equation and how an organization treats its players that treat them well.

After the jump, more links on Price's injury along with the Orlando Magic finding away to hang on and beat the Boston Celtics to stave off elimination.  The Magic didn't exactly execute to win down the stretch, but the bank was open for Jameer Nelson and a win is a win, so the series heads back to Orlando.

PACERS: Price out 4-6 months with knee injury
Bruno reports on A.J. Price's prognosis with the best-case/worst-case scenarios.

The Prices isn't right for Brand
Mike Wells has the Pacers desperately seeking a point guard but doesn't see the team willing to take on Elton Brand even if it does land Evan Turner.

Point Issues Get More Drastic
Andrew Perna wades through the Pacers point guard problems now that A.J. Price's status as a safe backup is in peril.

Earl Watson sells Beverly Hills home
For some reason, the sale of Earl Watson's home in Beverly Hills was worthy of a story in the L.A. Times.

Orlando Magic 96, Boston Celtics 92 (OT)
Ben Q Rock breaks down the adjustments Orlando made to beat the Celtics.