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Pacers yank Tyler Hansbrough’s qualifying offer

Jul 2, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

Tyler Hansbrough

Tyler Hansbrough might have waited too long, or maybe he’ll just be free to get a larger offer.

The Pacers extended Hansbrough a $4,135,391 qualifying offer in June, so Hansbrough had the option for the last couple days of accepting a one-year, $4,135,391 contract with Indiana. In return, the Pacers had the right to match any offer sheet he signed with another team.

But Indiana gave up that right, and now Hansbrough lost his contract offer but becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Larry Bird said the Pacers were on a budget, and this affirms that. Indiana obviously didn’t want Hansbrough back for $4,135,391 next season after re-signing David West, who started at power forward in front of Hansbrough.

Hansbrough is now free to accept a contract from any team without Indiana matching, which should increase the interest he receives.

While this move indicates Hansbrough’s return to Indiana is unlikely, it’s not impossible. The Pacers retain Hansbrough’s bird rights and can exceed the salary-cap line to sign him.

  1. pmx8411 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    watch him go to miami for a bargain

    • iritian - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Considering how he hates Miami and how he’s looking for a larger payday I highly doubt that would even be a possibility.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      No, the Heat already have Birdman in the energy type role there and LeBron and others liked Birdman’s contributions for the time he was on the team last year. They’ll bring the Birdman back and Tyler, while younger, fills the same role as the Birdman so he won’t be going there…

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Yeah Psycho-T won’t be in Miami, not enough length, can’t space the floor well, not a finesse bone in his body and he is a strange looking mouth breather, don’t fit.

        Elton brand, Greg Oden, Jermaine O’Neal imo are HEAT bigs in the running.

        2 vets looking for a ring and 1 injury risk

      • pglive21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        That’s not the same role at all. Birdman only takes point blank shots and finishes everything around the rim. Hansbrough just throws his weight around, misses gimmes and draws fouls. They don’t fill the same role at all…

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      The Pacers are on a budget and they want offer Copeland a contract.

    • 3xchamps - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      seriously, how could he help miami?

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Dang, they didn’t just pull the offer, they yanked it huh!? lol

  3. dgbk - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    he is not at the age or at the point of his career to give teams “bargains.” either he resign with the pacers or get over paid by someone.

    • bparmalee - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      So the Pacers took away his low qualifying offer so they could pay him more? He is not the player you guys think he is.

    • 3xchamps - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      i dont see anyone over paying for him. hes basically a stiff

      • vapor54 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        3x- Agreed, and Tyler’s agent dropped the ball

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    the pacers will miss him. his stats may not be impressive but he did what they wanted him and needed him to do. he showed when west missed a few games that he can in fact do more than just rebound and hustle.hopefully he gets a chance to show he is more than a role player with another team. why not Carolina?

  5. sportsstar4u - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    As crazy as it sounds, I wouldn’t put it past MJ to sign him in Charlotte, since he’s a local product. He’ll probably give him $8m per….yet another mistake along with drafting Zeller 4th overall. Just my opinion.

    • sportsstar4u - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      *the mistake is giving him $8m per. I think Hansbrough is a good player and the Tarheel fans would love to see him in Charlotte. He’d help the frontline, but not for $8m per.

  6. bparmalee - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    This is a great day to be a Pacers fan….. look up his PER Hansbrough fans….. he is terrible. His only value is getting under other players skin and drawing fouls with his flailing… that’s it. His defense is terrible… his offense is worse. There is a reason the Pacers are not bringing him back…. and the reason isn’t because of how “great a player he is”.

    • kinggw - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      He isnt that good, but what else do the Pacers have coming off the bench at the 4? The Pacers rescinded his qualifying order because they couldnt afford it with the resigning of West, not because they dont want him. They didnt suddenly have an epiphany about his skills or lack thereof.

      • bparmalee - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        I want someone that doesn’t over pursue on screens and leave his guy wide open for dunks or rebounds. He use to follow the pg around clapping for the ball like a pick up game… at least he stopped that. All I want out of a bench player is someone that doesn’t hurt you and help the other team get on a run.

    • travisatisu - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      I’m a Pacers fan, not sad to see him go. But you need a better argument. The average PER is 15. Hansbrough’s has been 14.6, 16.4, 14.7, and 15.3. He’s the definition of an average player.

      • bparmalee - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        I guess there are a bunch of different resources. I’ve always used the player efficiency rating on nba.com which has him as a 7.8…. right behind Beasley… yuck. I call all ratings PER… guess this is EFF. Either way… he is some other teams problem now. I’m kinda of pumped.

  7. dirtydavis - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I bet if he were black the pacers would offer him a max deal… Oh yea I went there

    • sellahh - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      But since he’s white I think Wolves might be interested.

      • kinggw - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Dont you mean the Jazz.

      • hojo20 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        No, the Celtics.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Yes, the Pacers, the team that paid lots of money to guys like Jeff Foster,Austin Croshere, Scot Pollard, Troy Murphy, and Dunleavy Jr, hate white guys.

    • pacersfan1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      You are a D bag.Idiot!

      • pacersfan1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        That comment was for dirtydavis.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        @pacersfan1

        The idiot here is you! C’mon man you’re pacers fan

  8. rintintinsoldier - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Good move pacers — go get Carl Landry for the back-up power forward.

  9. sportsnut101 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    He does suck. Yes he plays tough but once in a while

    He’s like taj Gibson once in a while sighting

  10. dirtydrew - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Utah here he comes,

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