Monday, July 4th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  32 responses

Grant Hill Hopes to Follow in Jason Kidd’s Footsteps

The veteran Grant Hill wants his career to be topped off with a ring the way Jason Kidd was able to recently do. From the Boston Globe: “Many remember Hill as an athletic swingman with a flat-top haircut catching alley-oops from Bobby Hurley and winning national titles for Duke. But 17 years after he was the third overall pick in the draft by the Pistons, Hill remains without an NBA title, with a twice-reconstructed ankle but the desire to continue. He watched Jason Kidd, a fellow rookie of the year, win his first title last month, and is willing to keep striving for an opportunity to play in the Finals. Hill’s career has gone from one of promise, to misfortune, to longevity, and he is willing to wait out a potentially long lockout. ‘You definitely want to win, especially when you see somebody you are kind of linked to and somebody you have known for many years get there,’ Hill said last week. ‘I don’t have too many more years left, so we have to wait and see. But it would be nice to do what [Kidd] was able to do this past season.’ Because of several ankle surgeries, Hill stands just 21st among active players in games played with 948. In fact, Kidd has played 319 more regular-season games than Hill, or the equivalent of four seasons. The Celtics’ Paul Pierce, who entered the NBA four years after Hill and lost 32 games of his rookie season to a lockout, has played in 16 more regular-season games than Hill. So, it’s not surprising that Hill, a pending free agent, feels he has something left, and he’s flourished the last four seasons with the Suns, playing 313 of a possible 328 games, and averaging 13.2 points last season, his best in four years. He could be attractive to a team pushing for a title, a versatile, intelligent, and still skilled player who knows how to win.”

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  • RyanT1992

    Grant Hill to Miami?

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    come to Boston!

  • Yesse

    Your not gonna do it in Phoenix.

  • Mitch

    i really wish phx would package him and nash to an actual contender so they can top it off with a ring. i feel bad knowing their trapped here in arizona never going to get that chip

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Nash and Hill to Miami…

  • Wendy

    Houston is ready for you!
    Nash and Hill to Houston!
    With Yao on a vet minimum, then we’ll have the redemption of the likable seniors part II, a la the Mavs.

  • thecomputerdude

    I wish Miami picked him some years ago when he was a free agent

  • http://Slamonline.com CatKiller

    Grant to the cavs!!!! He would make us instant contenders ;)

  • memyselfand9

    come to the Chi, Grant!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    If he would go away from phx, he would get injured

  • MBE18

    I was just talking recently about how good Grant & Penny were when they were young. They were both on the path to greatness. Too bad injuries messed up their careers.

  • jking6coop

    come to miami

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Leave Phoenix. It’s as simple as that.

  • Year 2000

    I know: send Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady to Orlando and trade Tim Duncan for Dwight Howard…oh wait that’s right, it’s 2011 :(

  • Jer dawg

    He wanted the money. He wanted the minutes. So he stayed with Phoenix. Lakers are what ails his championship desire, but the Lakers suck at signing players because the new head man was a horse breeder using daddy’s cheddar to play around with and now thinks he can be a talent evaluator.

  • http://slamonline.com nbafan1

    I would buy a Grant Hill Laker jersey..

  • O

    Grant Hill and Steve Nash to NY for Chauncy and Ronaldo Balkman.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Kidd got his after he went back to where it all started for him (Dallas). Hill to the Pistons? (not being serious)

  • MikeC.

    @O – Before landing Melo, I would have loved that trade. Grant still has too much left in the tank to just play 15 min/game behind Carmelo. Depending on how Caron Butler comes back from surgery, and the Mavs getting tired of DeShuan Stevenson’s act, Dallas might be Grant’s best fit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER



    Happy 4th ya’ll!!!

  • brandon

    well who doesnt wanna have a gr8 nba career and then win a title?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    LMAO Detroit is horrible

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jameer and JJ for Nash and Hill?

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Grant Hill to the Bulls, back up Luol Deng. Win a Title??? If only we had something to trade

  • O

    @ MikeC, you right. Any forward we get won’t get much playing time behind Amare or Melo. Chicago is one player away from the Finals, but I doubt it’s Hill. I’d rather get Jamal Crawford at SG for them while keeping the rest of the team intact. Every game against the Heat was close until the end. You shut down Rose and you shut down the team. If Grant wants to get a ring in the next year or two, he has to go to Dallas, LA, or MIA.

  • http://slamonline.com Wagers

    Sacramento or New York. Sacramento is going to be unbelievable with the young talent they have, I’m calling Thunder on meth. On the flipside if he went to New York he’s already played with good ole Mike D before. But with Melo I don’t seeing him getting the minutes he might desire.

  • http://slamonline.com Wagers

    Same scenario with Miami with LeBron^^

  • hushabomb

    Grant has also said that he’ll retire if he leaves the Suns. I honestly think that if the Suns are at the .500 mark of whatever season they play, they need to trade Nash and Hill, cut their losses and trade em to a contender. Don’t ruin their legacies by forcing them to play without at least a chance to win.

    I’m sure all y’all agree!!!

  • mugiwara

    hill can play sg easy, send him to chicago.

  • http://slamonline.com Wagers

    His three point game is not there and he’s not quick enough, I love the guy but he would fail at 2 guard.

  • Your mom

    Hill and Nash to Dallas???