Pacers pick up 4th-year option for Brandon Rush

The Indiana Pacers have picked up the fourth-year option on the

contract of swingman Brandon Rush despite his recent suspension for

violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Rush will make about $2.9 million next season after Friday’s

move, made before Rush sat out against Charlotte in the second of

his five-game, unpaid ban.

Rush was the 13th pick in the 2008 draft out of Kansas. He

started 64 games for the Pacers last season and averaged 9.4