T.J. Ford has had a downright bizarre career. Slow start in Milwaukee, then exploded in Toronto, including a very efficient 20+ PER in 2007-2008. But he has never managed to be the starting point guard teams look to, never has been able to put it all together. Regardless, the former Longhorn has enough cache to land himself an overseas deal, as ESPN reports:
Indiana Pacers free-agent guard T.J. Ford is headed to Croatia to join KK Zagreb while the NBA lockout drags on.via T.J. Ford of Indiana Pacers will play in Croatia for KK Zagreb during lockout - ESPN.
After playing in a charity game Sunday night in his native Houston organized by John Lucas and son John Lucas III from the Chicago Bulls, Ford told ESPN.com that he's headed to Croatia to join a team that also employs former Charlotte Bobcats lottery pick Sean May.
The deal includes an out to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.
Ford was squeezed about by the Pacers' backcourt renovation last year in bringing in Darren Collison and averaged career lows in every category, with his shooting percentage plummeting to 39 percent. He'll be a free agent when/if the season resumes, and his future's very much in doubt. But getting a gig now is better than waiting when many NBA players will likely start snatching up gigs.
Ford is just 28.