Portland Trail Blazers Offer Roy Hibbert a Maximum Contract

by July 01, 2012

Pacers center Roy Hibbert is a restricted free agent, and some big offers were surely expected to come in once free agency hit Saturday night, but not exactly this big. According to SI, the Portland Trail Blazers have offered the 7-footer a max deal. Ball’s in your court, Indiana: “The Portland Trail Blazers offered Indiana Pacers restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert a maximum contract after visiting with him in Washington, D.C., early Sunday, SI.com has learned. A source with knowledge of the meeting said Indiana did not offer a max deal at the outset of the free-agent negotiating period and, unless that changes, Hibbert was leaning toward signing the Trail Blazers’ four-year, $58 million offer sheet. The Pacers would then have three days to match the offer and retain the 25-year-old All-Star. In addition, the source said one other team, which was not named, also offered Hibbert a max deal after the start of free agency on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET. Players cannot officially sign contracts until July 11. New Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and team president Larry Miller were among those meeting at the office of Hibbert’s agent, David Falk, the source said.”