Tyler Hansbrough has minutes just waiting for him, if his head clears

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THansbrough.jpgThis is how thin the Indiana Pacers are up front: They are talking about playing Danny Granger at the four some this season.

It’s actually not a bad idea when the Pacers want to go really small and quick for a stretch, but it leaves them some rebounding issues. While the Pacers did well this summer to trade for Darren Collison, the price of Troy Murphy means the Pacers need to find a way to replace his 11 boards a game.

Tyler Hansbrough could do that. Maybe. We don’t know, and won’t know until he gets healthy.

Which could be a little bit away, according to the Indianapolis star.

Part of the problem is that the Pacers still don’t know what Tyler Hansbrough will be able to do for them because last year’s first-round pick is still limited to non-contact drills.

Hansbrough played pretty well in 29 games last season, coming off the bench for 17.6 minutes per game pitching in eight points and five rebounds. Not bad.

But he was limited by injuries, specifically a concussion and inner ear issue that kept him out most of the season. Doctors couldn’t quite figure it out, so he sat and he is not yet all the way back.

The Pacers need him to be. Their front line right now is Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Foster, Solomon Jones, Josh McRoberts, and Magnum Rolle. That’s not going to get it done. Larry Bird said he was looking for another trade, but good bigs are hard to find.

When Hansbrough will be back remains a mystery. Kind of like how the Pacers will look with that current front line is a mystery.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.