Pacers have interest in Ty Lawson for No. 10 pick

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lawson_game.jpgWe told you yesterday that the Denver Nuggets were looking for a top 10 pick and they were dangling Ty Lawson as the bait.

The Indiana Pacers are nibbling, according to Mike Wells at the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers are interested in Lawson, according to a source. The Pacers are willing to give up their pick – No. 10 – in next week’s draft to get player that will help them immediately.

This makes a ton of sense for Indiana — they want to play an up-tempo style but T.J. Ford is not the man to run it. The Pacers looked lost, confused and generally sloppy in transition. Lawson proved — both in college at North Carolina and as a rookie in Denver — to be at his best in the open court. Lawson could step in as a starter and instantly make the Pacers better.

But does this make a lot of sense for Denver? According to our NBCSports mock draft, the big men left on the board at 10 are Baylor’s Epke Udoh, Marshal’s Hassan Whiteside, Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson and VCU’s Larry Sanders. Another guy who could be there is Cole Aldrich of Kansas. A group of potential role players and projects.

None of those guys strike me as worth Ty Lawson, who is a pretty valuable chip to have. We’ll see how desperate Denver is to add that big man through the draft.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.