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Pacers make draft day deal for Rush

Thursday, June 26, 2008


AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers traded first-round NBA draft pick Jerryd Bayless to the Portland Trail Blazers for No. 13 pick Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts.

Rush's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press about the deal Thursday night, shortly after Portland picked Rush.

Bayless was selected 11th overall. The Pacers also sent forward Ike Diogu to Portland.

The Pacers boost their point guard position by acquiring Jack. They had already agreed in principle to trade Jermaine O'Neal to the Toronto Raptors for point guard T.J. Ford, center Rasho Nesterovic, the 17th pick in the draft and a player to be determined, O'Neal said Thursday.

The Pacers also get a hometown hero in McRoberts, who starred at Carmel High School near Indianapolis.

Rush, whose brother Kareem plays for the Pacers, averaged 13.3 points per game last season for national champion Kansas.

The Pacers will get Toronto's pick at No. 17, Roy Hibbert, as part of the O'Neal trade. Hibbert, a 7-foot-2, 278-pound center from Georgetown, averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as a senior.

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