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Posted June 04, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Mavericks Considering Bid For Roy Hibbert

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It’s obvious the Dallas Mavericks need a big man and Dwight Howard is the top candidate, but if that scenario doesn’t come into fruition, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert could be another option.

Hibbert is a restricted free agent and according to DallasBasketball.com, the Mavs are willing to place a bid on the 7-footer. But the question is just how much are the Mavs are willing to spend.

Indiana will likely match a $12-13 million offer so if the Mavs really want Hibbert, they must be willing to cough up some dough and not just make a modest offer. Dallas will certainly have an even tougher time affording the Georgetown product if top target Deron Williams does choose to come back home.

The Mavs struggled to find an identity inside after losing Tyson Chandler to free agency last season and have made it clear they want to bring in someone who can be a presence in the post. Hibbert started 65 games this year and averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was selected to the NBA All-Star game and helped lead the Pacers to a second round playoff appearance.


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Posted June 04, 2012 - 03:07 PM

Howard would have to go to free agency if Dallas were to get him.

If they tried to trade for him they'd have to give up Nowitzki, and that's not gonna happen. Hibbert would be the next best thing.

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Posted June 09, 2012 - 01:03 AM

Roy Hibbert Woud Prefer To Re-Sign With Pacers

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June 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Roy Hibbert wants to keep playing basketball in Indiana, and the Pacers intend to make their All-Star center happy.

It will just come down to dollars and sense.

"Of course this isn't going to be his last time in Indy, he's not going anywhere," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said with a smile shortly Thursday before playing in the Caroline Symmes celebrity softball game, which benefits the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.

Hibbert is one of six Indiana players who could become a free agent July 1, and at 7-foot-2, he could become one of the hottest commodities on the market.

But because he will only be a restricted free agent, the Pacers can match any other offer to keep him.

So how much will it take to keep the blossoming 25-year-old?

That's what the Pacers are trying to figure out.

Last week, Vogel and team president Larry Bird both indicated they would like the roster to return intact -- a combination that would require signing two key restricted free agents, Hibbert and guard George Hill.

The Pacers may have enough cap room to work it. Early projections indicate the Pacers will be about $21 million under next season's salary cap.

But Hibbert has not gone public with a price. On Thursday, he stopped short of saying he would give the Pacers a hometown discount.

"I want to make sure that everyone knows I love Indiana," he said. "But as the process goes and we try to get something done, that's something I'm leaving to my agent."

Hibbert has been a critical piece in Indiana's surprising turnaround.

As he improved steadily on the court, so did the Pacers.

Hibbert averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, both career-highs, this season, was selected an All-Star for the first time, helped the Pacers win their first playoff series in seven years and even take a 2-1 lead over heavily favored Miami in the second round. Indiana lost the final three games to Miami, but the playoff run created the excitement Pacers fans have been craving for years.

If the Pacers are going to take the next step in 2012-13, reaching the Eastern Conference finals, they'll need Hibbert back.

"Hopefully, all of us stay together, but we know the Pacers have some tough decisions to make," said Hill, who grew up in Indianapolis and played college basketball at nearby IUPUI. "We just want to continue to play together and grow as a young nucleus."

Hibbert has support off the court, too.

The boisterous fans of Area 55, Hibbert's own cheering section at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, arrived early for the softball game and were just as loud behind home plate as they normally are for NBA games.

Hibbert has become a fixture in the Indy community. He and Colts defensive end Robert Mathis are co-hosts of the charity game at Victory Field, home of the minor league Indianapolis Indians. And Mathis has been lobbying Hibbert to stay put.

"He's in the NFL, so it's not tampering," Hibbert joked. "But he knows I love Indiana, too."

What the Pacers must decide is whether they can afford to keep him -- or if it would be too costly to lose Hibbert.

To Vogel, it's a no-brainer.

"I love our team so much, there's such a great positive chemistry and any time you see any of those guys, it just lights up," Vogel said. "We're going to get every single one of them (free agents) back. The Pacers are going to shoot for the moon."


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Posted July 01, 2012 - 10:09 PM

Blazers Reach Verbal Agreement On Max Deal With Roy Hibbert

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By Joe Freeman, The Oregonian

After living through five injured-riddled Greg Oden seasons, the Trail Blazers have finally found their franchise center.

The team on Sunday reached a verbal agreement on a multi-year contract with restricted free agent Roy Hibbert, widely regarded as the top center prospect on the market.

General manager Neil Olshey met with Hibbert’s representatives after free agency opened at 9:01 p.m. Portland time Saturday night and, according to reports from SI.com and CBSSports.com, offered Hibbert a maximum four-year, $58 million contract. Olshey refused to discuss contract specifics Sunday morning, but confirmed the team was “engaged in negotiations” with the prized free agent center.

“We intend to enter into an offer sheet once the moratorium period ends,” Olshey told The Oregonian in an e-mail.

Hibbert, 25, averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last season for the Indiana Pacers and has made across-the-board improvement in each of his four seasons in the NBA. The 7-foot-2, 260-pound center played in his first All-Star game last season and was a key factor in the Pacers’ resurgent season that saw them reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.

His signing would fill the Blazers’ most glaring roster need and provide the team with a dominant inside presence it has lacked for years. Pairing him with All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge on the low block would give the Blazers one of the league’s biggest and most athletic front lines.

But the signing is not set in stone just yet. Because Hibbert is a restricted free agent, the Pacers will have 72 hours to match the Blazers’ offer once it’s signed. Although free agency opened late Saturday night, deals are not allowed to be signed until July 11, meaning the Blazers likely won’t learn if they’ve landed their top target until July 14.

Regardless, the pursuit and possible signing of Hibbert is a bold and potentially difference-making move for Olshey in his first free agent action as the team’s general manager.

And in an interesting twist of fate, the Blazers pursuit of Hibbert will be decided by the man who drafted Oden — Kevin Pritchard, the new general manager of the Pacers


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Posted July 01, 2012 - 10:10 PM

Wow max deal? Not a wise choice
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:00 PM

Max deal? Desperate much?


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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:28 PM

i don't get it... owners vie for a new CBA in efforts to save money, then go ahead and throw away millions of dollars the following season. haha


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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:46 PM

Would be great pick up for the blazers, but worth the money dont think so. Hibbert and LA in your front court though thats pretty nasty if you ask me. On top of that they got the rookie lillard that can score reminiscent of how rose does they have a pretty good team coming together.

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