USA Today: Grant Hill will be a Sun.
Hill’s agent, Lon Babby, told The Arizona Republic that Hill notified Phoenix on Thursday that he would join the Suns in his quest for a championship. There is a moratorium on free-agent signings until Wednesday.
Hill was offered the Suns’ biennial exception, which will pay him $1.83 million in the coming season and give him a player option to return at $1.97 million for 2008-09. Coming off a seven-year, $92 million contract with Orlando, money was not his biggest lure to Phoenix.
“He established a number of criteria,” Babby said. “His opportunity to contribute to a championship would be on the top of the list. He really thought it through and was diligent and concluded this is the best opportunity for his career. He’s very, very excited about it.”
Hill was drawn by the chance to be on a title contender and have an important playing role on a team that fits the 6-8 swingman’s versatile style. Hill, who will turn 35 in October, could start for Phoenix with Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire. He also will give Suns coach Mike D’Antoni another facilitator to help run the offense when Nash is resting.
“The opportunity described to him is consistent with what he’s looking for,” Babby said. “He’s not someone looking for anything granted to him, but more that he’d have the opportunity to start.