Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  18 responses

Report: New York Knicks Want to Sign Grant Hill

The Phoenix Suns claim that Grant Hill is their top free agent priority, but according to Newsday, they’ll have to fight off the Knicks’ advances: “On the first day the NBA permitted team executives to contact agents about players, the Knicks prepared to reach out to several free agents, including one who turned them down two years ago. Although Caron Butler and Shawne Williams were discussed Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation said the Knicks are also interested in Grant Hill. Hill strongly considered an offer by the Knicks in 2009 but decided to stay with the Suns. The Lakers reportedly also have Hill on the radar. Though 39, Hill showed no signs of slowing down last season as a reliable role player and defensive specialist with the Suns. He made $3.2 million and started 80 games, averaging 13.2 points and 30.1 minutes. Although the free-agent moratorium ended Wednesday, agreements of any kind are prohibited until Dec. 9, when training camps are to open. Suns president Lon Babby told The Arizona Republic that re-signing Hill ‘is an absolute first order of business and top priority.’ But Phoenix is on the decline and Hill’s closest friend on the team, Steve Nash, is in the final year of his contract and may be traded. If the Knicks’ plans for Chris Paul don’t come to fruition, Nash could wind up in New York as a free agent next summer to reunite with Hill, Amar’e Stoudemire and Mike D’Antoni.”

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  • Yann Blavec

    They already have a pretty good small forward. Or may they put carmelo at the 4 and amare at the 5.

  • Natty dread

    Chicago BULLS 2012 world champions!!!!!

  • Justin

    Nash won’t end up in New York because Chris Paul is going to end up there for sure. He wants to be there, he’s said it many times, and it’s going to happen.

  • Jay

    Grant Hill is 39??? Wow. I feel old.

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  • @boweezy24

    Knicks! 1: Chauncy 2: Grant Hill 3: Carmelo 4: Stoudemire 5: Tyson Chandler. Idk, Tht Would Be A Good Line Up If They Had Those 2 players.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzpOkVb5KN8 nbk

    Just one year “wasted”. They did make the WCF 2 years ago in PHX.

  • Bt

    @nbk – any year on the suns is wasted when robert Sarver owns the team

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t disagree with that. I live here & despise the guy.

  • O

    What is it with the Knicks and getting stars past their prime? Larry Johnson, Steve Francis, Mutombo, Penny, McGrady, Van Corn, Glen “The Alaskin’ Smashin’” Rice, and now “Over Da” Hill?? They planning on signing Jason Kidd in 4 years too? Wtf? Unless they sign dunn for 1 million, I don’t think it’s a wise investment.

  • Riggs

    Grant hill drinks sprite, not water from the fountain of youth.

  • Rainman

    @ Caveman n Bt: year before last he “wasted” that year on a team that almost beat the Lakers to go to the NBA Finals…i wouldnt call any year except for last season a “waste”.

    How easily ppl forget

  • huh?

    @O he might be 39, but he’s one of the most under rated defensive players in the league and, ironically, all those years of having to sit out has actually helped him retain some youth. Having watched 90% of his games last year, I’d want him on my team, no doubt. Maybe watch a little more basketball next time before you write off Grant Hill?

  • robb

    This man has gone through a lot but he’s still playing the game he loves and playing it well, he’s become a very good defensive player, physically he’s in better shape than many younger players, I dare say his knees are better than Kobe’s knees at this point. I just want Grant to win a chip, I hope a real contender signs him he deserves it.

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  • O

    @huh? I do watch basketball, just not the Suns. And I don’t need to watch the Suns play to say that signing Hill is NOT the move the Knicks need to make with the limited amount of cap space available.

  • huh?

    well from a guy who watches Grant Hill play on a large basis, he’s not some old scrub out there. He’s still very quick and very athletic. Good defender who won’t take many dumb shots. He’s a good defender. The truth is, Grant Hill does not play like a 39 year old. He averaged 14 points last year. That’s a pretty good back up player for Melo. I think he’s staying with the Suns though. Everything points to it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He would sign with New York for the minimum. And essentially wouldn’t effect their salary cap situation. Hill is going to play wherever he wants to play. It’s pretty much that simple.