NBA Free Agency: Indiana Pacers Want Tyler Hansbrough Back

Jun 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) reacts during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing with our news coverage of Tar Heels in the Pro’s, we bring you news about our very own and beloved Tyler Hansbrough.

David West is the Indiana Pacers priority, but they would love to re-sign former Tar Heel great Tyler Hansbrough too.

Hansbrough has averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game since joining the NBA ranks. He has also played a crucial role for the Indiana Pacers from the bench.


On the first official day of Larry Bird’s second reign as president of basketball operations, he reiterated that the top offseason priority is re-signing West. He also said the Pacers had extended a qualifying offer to Hansbrough, a backup forward who was one of their more productive bench players last season. By offering Hansbrough roughly $4.15 million, it makes him a restricted free agent and gives the Pacers the right to match any offer he finds on the open market.

The Pacers have one goal in mind and coach Frank Vogel responded when asked about that goal, “winning a championship.”

However to re-sign Hansbrough, the team must watch their budget which they say they will not be going over the budget or the luxury tax. So, the Pacers offered Hansbrough an extension before yesterday’s free agency period began.

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