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Blazers Targeting Pacers PG T.J. Ford After Buyout?

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Multiple reports surfaced on Thursday morning that the Portland Trail Blazers have interest in Indiana Pacers point guard T.J. Ford, who is expected to be bought out of the last year of his contract. To acquire Ford, the Blazers would need to clear a roster spot, as they currently carry the maximum 15 players. Mike Wells of the Indy Star reports... ----------------------- The Pacers have told T.J. Ford they will offer him a buyout if he's not traded by the deadline, which likely won't happen, according to a source. Portland and Miami (if they clear a roster spot) are expected to have interest in Ford when his contract is bought out. Add the Knicks to the list of teams expected to have interest in Ford, too, after his buyout according to Alan Hahn of Newsday. Ford is very open to a buyout as long as he can make up the difference he's losing with the new team he signs with. ----------------------- Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports... ----------------------- Pacers PG TJ Ford emerging as a strong candidate to land in Portland after Indiana buys him out. Ford is close with Aldridge from Texas days. Blazers would have to release player to make room for Ford, which would probably be Sean Marks ----------------------- Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports... ----------------------- The Pacers will discuss a buyout with T.J. Ford after the deadline, sources say. Miami and Portland have interest. ----------------------- John Canzano of The Oregonian reports... ----------------------- Source: Blazers at the "front of the line" when it come to TJ Ford buyout. Could be their willingness to help Indy with the $8.5 million. ----------------------- Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports... ----------------------- Thin market for Ford now. Blazers seem most intrigued. ----------------------- Ford, 27, is averaging 5.7 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game in 39 appearances this season. Ford is on Twitter here. He regularly shouts out his fellow Texas Longhorn LaMarcus Aldridge and did so last night. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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