Updated: July 30, 2003, 11:44 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
New Jersey Nets: Rod Thorn has already shelled out $130M worth of contracts to the likes of Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning and Lucious Harris. Now comes the hard part and Kenyon Martin's extension which could be worth another $90M. "I'm sure we will have some talks and we will see what happens," he told the NY Daily News. "I don't want to give away any position. I have no comment on what I am willing to do or not do." The Nets have until October 31 to make Martin an acceptable offer or he becomes a restricted free agent the following season. "Kenyon has proven how valuable he is to the team," Brian Dyke, Martin's agent, said. "We'll see what the Nets think of that when the time comes to discuss the extension." Indiana Pacers: Newly acquired Pacers center Scot Pollard is counting his blessings. "There're a lot of positives that can come out of it for my career," he told the Indianapolis Star on the trade that sent him from Sacramento to Indianapolis. "I don't have to play against Shaq and Duncan every night. Out East there's Ben Wallace and that's about it. Not that it's easy out here, but it's different. It's a different style of play." Larry Bird also thought the Pacers were in pretty good shape. "You get a lot of young guys out there at the same time, if they don't touch the ball for two or three possessions, you just know the next time down they're going to shoot," Bird said. "He's not like that. If there's a loose ball, he's on it. If you need one rebound, he's going to go get it. He sees the game different than most people."