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 Regardless, that would be less than the qualifying offer the Pacers rescinded which was over $4 mil/yr.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.
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