May 28, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) with a tap in against the Miami Heat in game four of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana won 99-92. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Hansbrough May Want to Leave Indiana Pacers

Tyler Hansbrough has played a critical role with the Indiana Pacers in what has been a surprising couple of years for the franchise, but Hansbrough may have his hear set on leaving the team in NBA free agency.

It sounds like Hansbrough wants to be a starter, and with the Pacers he will have to continue coming off the bench behind David West. ESPN 107.5 suggests Hanbrough is headed elsewhere because he believes he is worhty of a starting role:

The Pacers made a qualifying offer on Tyler Hansbrough to keep their options open – they can re-sign him, trade him or ultimately pull the non-binding offer to allow him to sign elsewhere – but it doesn’t appear his future is in Indiana. He wants to start, there is absolutely no chance of that here, and so it’s time to move on.

Hansbrough averaged seven points per game last season to go along with 4.6 rebounds during his time as a role player. How he responds to a full load, and if any team in the NBA thinks he is worthy of that, has yet to be determined.

It’s a tough loss for the Pacers, a team looking to keep as much quality depth as possible to make another push. The team can match any offer Hansbrough receives, but how valuable is a disgruntled backup in the long run?


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  • Bob Igney

    I do not believe Tyler Hansbrough feels he has to start. But Vogel played him an average of 8 minutes per game after he had started for an injured West at the end of this season (Tyler averaged double doubles when he started). Bird will try to retain Tyler because he knows if West gets hurt, he can fill in without a drop in points/rebounds. Many fans have questioned why Vogle keeps Tyler on the bench so much especially when he comes in and provides so much hustle with his motor. I do not get it!

  • khackett

    Love Psycho-T, but he just didn’t put up the numbers! As big as his hustle plays were all season, he never anchored the bench production. The Pacers needed somebody from the bench to step up all year. It was up for grabs and Tyler didn’t own it. Best of luck to you Tyler.