Indiana Pacers have extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough, according to Larry Bird, and it seems that the team will try to hold onto the forward.
Larry Bird confirms that the Pacers have made a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) July 1, 2013
Ever since being drafted 13th overall in 2009, Hansbrough has been a solid rotation player for the Pacers, providing physicality and hustle off the bench.
His minutes went down this season but he still gave the Pacers exactly what was asked of him.
With DJ Augustin coming off the books, a potential idea could have been to let go of Hansbrough and trade Gerald Green in order to create cap space and add more of an impact player off the bench. However, that is probably not going to be the case, as there were no takers for Green’s contract on draft day and the Pacers seem inclined to keep Hansbrough. Besides, Danny Granger should be back next season, which means that either he or Lance Stephenson could assume the role of a very competent sixth man.
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