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Pacers do the expected, pick up third-year options on Collison, Hansbrough

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The Pacers are counting on Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough to be part of the future in Indiana, so picking up the third year of their rookie contracts are no brainers.

That’s just what the Pacers officially did Monday, meaning both players will be part of the team through the end of the 2011-12 season. Hansbrough will make $2.1 million next season, Collison $1.5, both part of their rookie deals.

The Pacers are well positioned for the future, with just $25 million on the books after this season season, with the big contracts of Mike Dunleavy and Jeff Foster coming off the books (and they are potential trade bait). However the new Collective Bargaining Agreement shakes out they should be in position to go out and get a free agent or two to speed the rebuilding process along.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.