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08:09 AM ET 01.25 | A Hall of Famer on the court may be looking to end his front office career on a high note. Larry Bird was one of the best clutch players the game has ever seen. So with Bird perhaps nearing the final months of his three decades in the NBA, wouldn't he look for a final shot? Of course. With the expiring contracts of Mike Dunleavy ($10.56 million), T.J. Ford ($8.5 million) and Jeff Foster ($6.66 million), Indiana is finally in position this summer to have oodles of cap room. But Bird, the Pacers president, said his preference is to use his assets to swing a deal by the Feb. 24 trade deadline to acquire a key player. "I would do that," Bird, 54, who is contemplating retiring from the NBA after this season, said in an interview with FanHouse.

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January 25, 2011  08:45 AM ET
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Those 3 players are all scrubs, who would want them???

Well Im thinking the Heat could use Foster and his rebounding....

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January 25, 2011  08:50 AM ET
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6.4 rebounds per game ain't much.Joel Anthony can do better than that.Foster is 34 and making 6.6 mil???Who is gonna go for that???

Ok...Im just saying Id probably rather have Foster than Anthony....I mean lord you guys are using Juwan and Damo as backups and they give NOTHING!!!

January 25, 2011  08:52 AM ET
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6.4 rebounds per game ain't much.Joel Anthony can do better than that.Foster is 34 and making 6.6 mil???Who is gonna go for that???

And are be talking about the currently 2 points and 3 rebound Anthony?

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January 25, 2011  08:57 AM ET
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With minutes Anthony does alot.But I see your point.I would rather Kwame Brown than Foster though.Younger and cheaper and more athletic.

Kwame...LOL...Really? That guy cant even get run on the Bobcats....

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January 25, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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And are be talking about the currently 2 points and 3 rebound Anthony?

He said Anthony CAN do better than that not that he IS doing better. And possibly pigs CAN fly if thrown properly.

January 25, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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Yes and it's Riley's fault.Anthony should be a powerforward not a center.Juwan Howard should not even be on the heat roster.Pittman has yet to play.And Brook Lopez should have been drafted back in 2008 rather than Beasley.Had this been the case the heat would not have this hole at center.I wouldn't even mind Z being on the team cause you would have Lopez who bangs down low and is walking double double, Pittman has the size and is promising then you have Z to space to floor and provide easier access to the rim for Wade and Bron.

Well thats a big IF drafting Lopez....I mean that was like 3 years ago....

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January 25, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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Yes and it's Riley's fault.Anthony should be a powerforward not a center.Juwan Howard should not even be on the heat roster.Pittman has yet to play.And Brook Lopez should have been drafted back in 2008 rather than Beasley.Had this been the case the heat would not have this hole at center.I wouldn't even mind Z being on the team cause you would have Lopez who bangs down low and is walking double double, Pittman has the size and is promising then you have Z to space to floor and provide easier access to the rim for Wade and Bron.

Maybe the "Big 3" should have let the Heat management in on the whole hooking up thing three years ago before that draft...LOL

January 25, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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Those 3 players are all scrubs, who would want them???

I'm pretty sure they are banking on the fact that the expiring contracts will free up close to 25m in cap space. I'm sure there are teams out there that would be willing to part with some semi-decent players for that type of cap relief.

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