I promised I wouldn’t, but… August 12, 2010Posted by pacejmiller in Basketball, Indiana Pacers, NBA.
Tags: Darren Collison, James Posey, Larry Bird, New Orleans, trade, Troy Murphy
My writing course is starting to really freak me out with all the assessments I have to do this semester. I actually have to interact with people! Interview complete strangers like a professional! How terrifying is that?
Anyway, I still wanted to continue writing everyday, not just for class exercises but also for leisure. I want to keep reminding myself why I love writing and want to keep doing it, no matter what.
I still have other posts left waiting on the sideline, but I feel I must ramble on about the fantastic trade the Indiana Pacers made today when they traded power foward Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets in return for point guard Darren Collison and veteran James Posey from the New Orleans Hornets in a four-team trade (I don’t care for the other trades).
I know I promised to keep this blog basketball free, but this news is just too fantastic! About damn time Larry Bird did something, especially after the Pacers had remained the only team in the NBA this offseason that did not add or retain a player through trades or free agency.
In Darren Collison, the Pacers got a point guard that could potentially turn this franchise around. Collison was one of the best rookies last season and could have won Rookie of the Year had he not played behind superstar Chris Paul. He averaged a solid 12.7 points and 5.7 assists last season in just 27.8 minutes per game. When Chris Paul went down with injury, he stepped up to average a tremendous 18.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 37 starts.
In Indiana, Collison will have a real chance to prove himself as the starting point guard (which appears highly likely). No one is expecting him to take the team to the playoffs on his back, especially since the team just lost its second best player and best rebounder in Troy Murphy. But with time, the right attitude (which he seems to have) and lots and lots of minutes, Collison could definitely be something special. At least the Pacers no longer have to count on Lance Stephenson or AJ Price as the point guard of the future.
As for James Posey, the guy is expensive, but it’s worth putting up with him if the Pacers can get Collison. It also means more trades could be on the horizon, as the Pacers already have a logjam at the wing spots with guys like Granger, Dunleavy, Rush, Jones and rookie Paul George.
Troy Murphy will be missed for his shooting and rebounding, but let’s face it, his defensive presence (or lack thereof) is not going to be missed. Pacers fans will surely wish him all the best in New Jersey.
Now all of a sudden the Pacers’ future is looking a lot brighter. They just have to find a way to get rid of TJ Ford, who has refused to be bought out.