HoopsHype TJ Ford rumors


November 10, 2011 Updates
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Ford will be an unrestricted free agent so while he’s playing with members of the Indiana Pacers, such as Paul George, Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush, there’s a good chance that he won’t return to the team. During his three-year stint in Indiana, Ford bounced in and out of the rotation and was nearly traded several times. Now, as he starts the next chapter of his career, he’s hoping to join a contending team. “First, it’s about winning,” Ford told HOOPSWORLD. “I want to be on a team where it’s about winning and they’re heading in the right direction. Definitely, it’s a team that’s going to be in the playoffs and go further than just the first round. I just want to be part of a team. Whether that means playing 10, 15, 20, 30 or 35 minutes, I just want to be one of the factors that helps the team win.” HoopsWorld

August 5, 2011 Updates

Ford said if the lockout drags past November, he might consider offers to play overseas like a number of players are considering, including Hornets star point guard Chris Paul. Ford, a seven-year veteran and a former Texas Longhorns standout, played the past three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. "I guess by that point, I would have to consider it,'' Ford said. "But it's not really that many jobs overseas. If it doesn't happen, I'd pretty much think I would do some volunteer coaching somewhere.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 21, 2011 Updates

Williams reportedly signed a $5 million contract with his Turkish team. He's scheduled to make $16.4 million with the Nets next season. "You don't jump at just any opportunity to go," Jones said. "The money has to be right and it has to be the right situation. That's why you have to think everything through first before going." Pacers T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Foster and Darren Collison said they are not looking to play outside of the United States. "That hasn't even crossed my mind," Collison said. "I want to see how things play out. I just want to stay positive as much as I can." Indianapolis Star

July 13, 2011 Updates

“(Europe) is not an option for me,” said TJ Ford, most recently with the Pacers but currently a free agent. “Right now, the situation I’m in, being a free agent, I think it’s just best for me to just wait it out and see how it plays out. I know teams have interest so there’s not an issue of not being in the NBA if there’s a season. I just feel comfortable just waiting this thing out.” FOXSports Houston

July 12, 2011 Updates

Europe is becoming an option for some NBA players, with or without contracts. Ford, the former star at Willowridge, said playing outside the United States is not an option for him. Lewis, the former star at Alief Elsik, said it's too early for him to give Europe any real consideration. "You always want to keep your options open because you never know what's going to happen," Lewis said. "Hopefully, we come to an agreement and continue playing in the NBA. Lowry does not rule out playing in Europe, if it's the right situation for him and his family. "I would definitely consider going over there, training or going overseas to play," Lowry said. "It's just got to be the best situation for me and my family. if you can get some type of out-clause and get your own insurance, I think it's a great situation to keep yourself in shape and keep yourself playing." FOX 26 Sports

Lowry acknowledged that this is a scary time for the NBA. "I think so because of the popularity right now," Lowry said. "It's amazing how popular the game is. "You see the TV ratings and you see everything that's going on, it's just a tough situation to be in." Lewis agreed. "It's most definitely crazy, because right now we're hearing the worst," Lewis said. "We're hearing there might not be a season or we might miss some games. We'll do a lot of this (playing pick-up games). "Hopefully, we're not here all year long." FOX 26 Sports

May 4, 2011 Updates

T.J. Ford is one of the Pacers' five unrestricted free agents. He's open to playing overseas if a lockout occurs. "It's something I definitely thought about and I wouldn't rule it out, but I'm at a point in my career where I still want to play in the NBA," he said. "It would take a lot for me to go over there and play. I'm hoping nobody has to cross that bridge and things get resolved because the interest in the NBA is at a great level." Indianapolis Star

March 6, 2011 Updates

Point guard T.J. Ford will stick with the team the rest of the season. Ford had hoped team officials would let him go home to Houston for the rest of the season after the two sides couldn't agree to a buyout earlier this week. Ford's playing days with the Pacers are over unless they get hit with a rash of injuries at point guard. Ford has played a total of 10 minutes since being pushed out of the rotation Jan. 17. Indianapolis Star

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Mike Wells: Pacers and T.J. Ford still trying to work out a buyout. Ford wants to know a team will sign him before agreeing to the buyout. Twitter

February 26, 2011 Updates
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The inability to pull off the trade means the Pacers will finish the season with their current roster, with the likely exception of point guard T.J. Ford. The Pacers plan to start negotiating a buyout with Ford to give him a chance to sign with a playoff-contending team before Tuesday's deadline. "I think I'm going to get an opportunity very soon," Ford said. "I knew coming into the season my time here was going to be short, and I felt this move was most likely to happen." Portland, Miami and New York are expected to have interest in Ford. He said he will agree to a buyout only if he knows a team will sign him and he will be able to make up the money he would lose in a buyout. "If not, I'll be a Pacer the rest of the season," Ford said. Indianapolis Star

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