Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 2:41 pm  |  23 responses

Report: Indiana Pacers to Match Roy Hibbert’s 4-Year, $58 Million Offer

Restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert is in Portland this morning, taking a physical in advance of signing the Blazers’ four-year, $59 million offer sheet. But according to the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Wells, that deal won’t come to fruition, as the Pacers intend on matching Portland’s offer. Via Twitter: “The Pacers are matching Portland’s 4-year, $58 million offer to Roy Hibbert, according to a source.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    eithery Granger or Hibbert (at the deadline) are on the way out. No way they keep all this payroll, with resigning Paul George as their main priority (now).

  • J-Shade

    Overpaid !

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Looks like we won’t see Paul George play center…anyways, that’s the nail in the coffin for Granger.

  • mas

    Sign and trade?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    My guess is Granger, nbk.

  • mas

    Didn’t the Blazers draft a white 7 footer. They go crazy for that in Indy. So trade Roy for this years draft pick and next years first round which could easily be another white 7 footer right.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    mine too niQ

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @mas, Indiana already drafted Miles Plumlee this year.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Pacers had no choice but to match the offer. I’m sure ticket prices will be raised in an effort to control overhead.

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Why-we-don-t-like-Kevin-Garnett-anymore?urn=nba,235155 Bobby

    Is that a typo or are the Pacers somehow really getting him for 1mil less?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i thought teams had 3 days to match offer sheets, seems like way longer than that. same with eric gordon right now. did i get that wrong?

  • http://www.macknificentcasey.com Macknificent31

    That’s a bold move by the Pacers. That a lot of money for a player of Hibberts caliber, but i see the importance of keeping your core together and letting them grow.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @spit. No one can sign anything until July 11. Teams have 3 days after July 11 to match.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    err.. 3 days after whenever said player signs with another team.

  • RunNGun

    Yup… what niQ said. Tres dias mas but anything can happen in between that time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ok thanks

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Can’t really talk about keeping a core when you’re getting rid of Granger potentially.

  • Shem

    Crazy how having a big body and being able to hit a hook shot earns you $58 million dollars. I remember when big men earned their money through skill rather than a lack of competition.

  • justin05

    I don’t think the Pacers will do as well next year, with or without Hibbert, if Granger is gone. It might just put them in a prime spot a year or two down the road to do something crazy, however. Granger is kind of like ‘fools gold’

  • Ldub

    I never understood why team match a contract for a player. To me it sends the signal that they want to be elsewhere. I dont want anyone in my organization if they dont want to be there. How can you count on someone to give 110% night in and night out if they have made it clear (by agreeing to a contact from another team) that they would like to be somewhere else?

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Granger gotta go..he’s like Joe Johnson lite (except Joe is better at literally every single facet of the game except pull up 3′s).. as long as he’s their primary offensive weapon & weighing them down financially, he’s gotta go.

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    I agree Hursty. I’ve been a fan of Granger for a while now, but I haven’t noticed much improvement in his game since he was a rook and I don’t think they’ll win with him being the primary focus of the team. That being said, I think they are overpaying for Hibbert.

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