Huge, huge, huge trade. The Pacers send their eleventh pick, Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu to the Portland Trailblazers for Brandon Rush (drafted 13th), guard Jaret Jack (10 ppg, 4 apg) and local boy Josh McRoberts (Carmel, IN).
I’m dizzy. I think everyone was pretty psyched about getting Bayless at #11, but on the bright side Rush is 6′ – 6″ and has the body to play a long time in the NBA. I’m assuming Jack will compete for the backup point guard position. Josh McRoberts (drafted 37th last year) may not even be an NBA caliber player (D-leaguer most of last year), but it’s a nice publicity throw-in. The guy is the latest in a long time of punk losers who leave the state to go play for the likes of Duke. Dude’s an a-hole.
I guess what strikes me about this trade is that Indiana has picked up four players with pretty high name-recognition. This doesn’t count for anything in reality, but maybe it will placate some of us surly Pacer fans for awhile. I’m witholding judgment on this trade. Just like with the JO trade, I’m just happy they did something. And as a bonus: It should be awesomely awkward watching Brandon Rush compete for pt with his brother.