Rumors about the future of Tyler Hansbrough have been running rapidly for the past few days. Hansbrough was given a decent offer from the Pacers on Monday, but news broke on Tuesday that he didn’t want it as he wants to go to a team who will use him as starter rather than a role player.
So the Pacers reaction? They rescinded his contract offer making him effectively immediately an unrestricted free agent. Of course that is hyperbole as it was the budget that forced the Indiana Pacers to change their opinion in this decision and not Hansbrough’s comments.
ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted:
Pacers have agreed to rescind Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer, I’m told, which immediately makes him unrestricted free agent
Hansbrough clearly doesn’t seem too bothered by this as he wants to go somewhere where he will be used more and as a starter.
The Pacers put a priority on David West and got just they wanted with that deal. That put a dent on the budget and forced the Pacers to retract the $4 million contract offer they originally had given to Hansbrough.
The popular opinion of the fans would be to see Hansbrough return to the North Carolina to play for the Charlotte Bobcats or the future Hornets. Can we just go ahead and start referring to them as the Hornets?
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