Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Diener on the Move

With our home offices emanating from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, there's no doubt we're going to be reporting on the every move of NBA player Travis Diener, the most successful athlete to come out of this city since Cory Raymer lined up for the Washington Redskins. Diener's career in the NBA has been an interesting one so far, always ending up in places where there seem to be just too many guys in front of him. But now, as he's in his fifth season, he may be getting a chance to once again log regular minutes.

After two years in Orlando, his most successful season may have been his first in Indiana when he averaged nearly 21 minutes across 66 games. But this year, he's only seen action in four contests with the Pacers, and on Monday was waived by the team. The headline says that the Pacers have waived the "injured" Diener, which is a nice way of saying that the Pacers just didn't want him anymore. The Associated Press article has said that Diener has only played four games because of a foot injury he suffered in September, when the fact of the matter is he for whatever reason fell out of favor with coach Jim O'Brien. Don't be surprised if the Pacers organization falls out of favor with Jim O'Brien this offseason.

As for Diener, his next stop seems to be Portland, a team in desparate need for guards. The Blazers recently traded Steve "Toehead" Blake and need some more depth behind Andre Miller and Jerryd Bayless, and some other dude named Patrick Millis. Diener will clear waivers on Wednesday, and the reports do have him heading to the Great Northwest. So he's still not heading to Milwaukee, but it looks like he'll be getting some well deserved playing time, and hopefully it will give his career a new lease on life.

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