Pacers' Larry Bird listening to trade offers

January 14, 2010
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Apparently Larry Bird isn’t the only one who likes Danny Granger’s game. Bird, who heads up player operations for the Indiana Pacers, has previously said he has little interest in trading Granger.

That hasn’t kept other teams from inquiring as the Feb. 18 NBA trade deadline approaches. The most recent inquirer is familiar to the Pacers.

David Kahn, former right hand man under Donnie Walsh during his days in Indy, came calling earlier this month. Kahn, now the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, offered up Al Jefferson for Granger, easily the Pacers MVP.

Bird declined, still intent on making Granger the cornerstone of his rebuilding effort.
Kahn then denied to the Minnesota press corps that he dangled Jefferson. While Jefferson, 25, has plenty of potential, he is coming off a serious injury and is still working himself into shape.

Sources said it will take a lot more than a player like Jefferson, who is averaging just below 18 points per game so far this season, to get Bird to part with Granger. Jefferson has three years and $42 million left on his contract after this season.

Granger isn’t the only Pacers player getting interest as the trade deadline approaches.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to add a power forward with shooting range to its roster, and Pacers’ Troy Murphy has caught the Cavs' attention. Cleveland also is hot for Washington’s Antawn Jamison.
Sources close to Murphy said the Notre Dame graduate would welcome the trade to the playoff contending Cavs. And why not? Who would pass on the opportunity to play alongside LeBron James, even if it’s only for one season.

The Cavs have reportedly dangled center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has an expiring contract, for Murphy. But Bird wants more. The Cavs have offered J.J. Hickson for Jamison, but didn’t want to give that much up for Murphy.

One thing is certain, with a record closer to the bottom of the Eastern Conference than the top, Bird is taking all calls, and probably making a few, as the trade deadline approaches.

  • Please package TJ
    If Bird can package TJ, I will give him major props. I would even give Murphy at a slight discount, if it allowed us to package Ford. I wouldn't mind TJ and Murph to Cleveland for Daniel "Boobie" Gibson and Big Z. Although Boobie has 4 years left at around 5 mil per, it allows us to get rid of TJ, the most difficult Pacer to cheer for in a while. Besides, Boobie could be good on our team. We do lose Murph, but he is getting overpaid. Ultimately, it gives Cleveland Murph and we probably don't get much better. Next year, we have our young core and Boobie, plus a lottery pick. The year after we lose Dunleavy and score a free agent. It could actually be a 4 year plan for old Larry. I could live with one off.
  • Here's A Trade
    How about trading Bird to Cleveland....maybe we could get Moondog the mascot. Not much has gone right with Bird at the helm. Time for a change?????
  • Toast
    Put a fork in this franchise.... it's over.

    Thanks to the Simons for prolonging the team in Indianapolis over the years but twiddle-dee doesn't know basketball talent anymore.

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