Pacers trade Bayless to Portland
By Jeff Rabjohns
Posted: June 26, 2008
The Indiana Pacers have a tentative agreement to send forward Ike Diogu and the rights to guard Jerryd Bayless to Portland for point guard Jarrett Jack, forward Josh McRoberts and the rights to shooting guard Brandon Rush.
McRoberts was a McDonald’s All-American while at Carmel High School and returns his home state after his rookie year.
“I just talked to Josh and he’s elated,” McRoberts mother Jennifer said tonight. “He just called and he’s really, really excited about it.”
The Pacers drafted Bayless, a 6-3 Arizona freshman, at No. 11, and Portland drafted Rush, a 6-6 junior from Kansas, at No. 13 in tonight's draft.
Jack gives the Pacers depth at point guard. The 6-3 Georgia Tech product averaged 9.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds in his third year in the NBA. He has played at least 79 games each of his three years at Portland, a contrast from Jamaal Tinsley, who appears headed out of town after seven mainly injury-plagued seasons with the Pacers.
The Pacers also are getting point guard T.J. Ford from Toronto in the multi-player deal involving Jermaine O’Neal.
Rush showed versatility in his three years with Kansas. He is an outstanding long-range shooter, good rebounder from his position and athletic enough to play small forward.
Rush, who turns 23 in July, shot 44.9 percent from the field in his collegiate career, including 43.5 percent (205-for-471) from 3-point range. He averaged 5.5 rebounds two assists over his three years at Kansas.
The Pacers top two scorers this past season were two other swingmen, 6-8 Danny Granger and 6-9 Mike Dunleavy.
Rush is the brother of Pacers guard Kareem Rush, an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The blazers are really bulding a young team with players with awesome potential.