After flirtations with the Knicks and a few other teams, Grant Hill ultimately decided to stay put in Phoenix. Per the Arizona Republic: “Hill agreed today to re-sign with the Suns for a one-year, $6.5 million contract. The Suns increased the offer from $5 million to $6.5 million on Thursday with Hill being pursued by New York, Chicago, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs offered him two years and the Clippers offered him more money but the Knicks’ and Bulls’ one-year offers were tempting because of the quality of teams and Hill’s relationship with Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. The Suns considered Hill their top free agency priority and showed it in spending on Hill, who is the second oldest player in the league at 39 (by a day to Kurt Thomas). Hill has been a bargain for the Suns, making $10.1 million over the past four years as a productive starter and one of the top defenders in the league. Hill’s return was essential to the Suns’ pursuit of defensive improvement and the happiness of close friend Steve Nash in the last year of his contract. The Suns also want Hill’s leadership influence on the rest of the team and it is believed he could have a long-term role with the organization beyond his retirement as a player.”
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