Darren Collison to the Pacers
The Pacers are in the process of finalizing a four-team trade that would (finally) net them their point guard of the future: Darren Collison.
Indy only would be giving up the highly expendable Troy Murphy in the deal, although they would have to take on the rather bad contract of James Posey. (Posey is owed $6.5 million for 2010-11 and nearly $7 million for 2011-12.) Still, Posey isn’t the worst type of salary cap baggage to have: he is by most all accounts a very good teammate/locker room guy, he knows a thing or two about defense even if his is no longer great and he is only 33 years old. He did shoot 36.5% last year so … yeah … there’s that.
That doesn’t matter though really at all since Darren Collison is pretty damn good.
He just turned 23. And as a rookie for the Hornets last year, he averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.7 apg in just 27 mpg — all while shooting a 47.7% (including 40.0% from three … important in Jim O’Brien’s offense) and being one of the quickest men on the planet both with and without the ball. Kid plays defense, too.
Celebrate, Pacers fans. This is a good, good, good day. The team has a point guard. I never thought this day would come. Best part? Darren is just the perfect combination of youth, talent, mentality (he wants to show the world he belongs among the better PGs on this league) and drive to run this team at a very high level immediately. I’m sure he enjoyed picking up a thing or two from Chris Paul, but he must be ecstatic to have “his” team. And with only Granger and Hibbert as established team cornerstones for the future, he can immediately put his mark on the ball club.
Yup. Very, very good day for Pacers fans.
And thanks for the hard work, Murphy. Enjoy playing for your home state this year.
Maybe TJ will get to go to Texas, too.
UPDATE 2: Mike Wells is reporting that Indy actually is trying to add TJ to the deal. Houston doesn’t really make sense since they have Aaron Brooks and TJ is oh-so-similar-but-worse … but it would be kind of eerie if my random joke-prediction came true right now.