Pacers.com released a Q&A session with GM Larry Bird. He talks about JO and his trade-me/never mind chatter from yesterday. So here is two questions about JO, and you can click the link for all the other questions (regarding KG, and Pacers):

Pacers.com: Q. From your impression of the events of the last 48 hours, does Jermaine O’Neal want to be traded? Does he not want to be traded? Ultimately, would either position influence your decision-making and, if so, how?

A. I don’t think it influences anything in terms of what we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to put the best team we possibly can on the court and Jermaine’s a heck of a basketball player. He’s our best basketball player. So what we’re going to do is, every time somebody calls about our players, we talk to them. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to trade them. There have been some discussions over the past couple of months that involved Jermaine, like there have been every year, but nothing has come of it yet. It’s just talk. He indicated he might want to be traded yesterday, then today he doesn’t want to be traded. So I think what we do is we look at our team and if we find players out there that can make us better, we have to look at it.

Q. You’ve said more than once this summer that you hope Jermaine will remain with the Pacers. Have events of the last 48 hours changed your feelings at all?

A. No. He’s our best basketball player and we realize that. What Jimmy O’Brien wants to do here is a style of play that will fit Jermaine perfectly. You always want your players to be happy but sometimes they’re not happy. You just deal with it.

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