Agent: T.J. Ford to return to Pacers next season
Indiana Pacers point guard T.J. Ford will pick up the player
option on the final year of his contract and return to the team
Bob Myers, Ford’s agent, said the paperwork is in process. Ford
is owed $8.5 million next year.
Ford joined the team via a trade with Toronto two years ago. He
averaged a career-high 14.9 points his first season with the
Pacers, despite splitting time with Jarrett Jack.
Pacers coach Jim O’Brien had high hopes for Ford heading into
this season, but he struggled. O’Brien benched him for a month at
midseason in favor of Earl Watson and rookie A.J. Price.
After O’Brien started playing Ford again, he suffered a left
groin injury and didn’t play after March 12. He averaged 10.3
points in 47 games.