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Grant Hill likes Phoenix but keeping his free agent options open

Mar 30, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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Grant Hill is nearing retirement — and if there is one thing you can find plenty of in Phoenix it’s retirees. Warm, dry weather is easy on the joints, you know. Plus, lots of places you can have dinner at 5 and still make it home for Jeopardy.

Hill will be a free agent at age 38 this summer but would like to play a couple more seasons. He told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic he’s like to stick around in Phoenix… but you never know.

“It’d be nice to come back and prove that we can be better than we were this season,” Hill said Tuesday. “Let’s just hope and pray we have a season first and foremost and then we’ll see what happens. Hopefully, it works out and we can improve and get better.”

Hill wants the process to be simple and quick, no drama.

“I’m too old for all that,” said Hill, 38. “Depending on what happens, for all free agents, if there’s a work stoppage and if we miss some of the season, there will be a mad dash or scramble to get everyone signed. You have a new labor agreement that you have to understand and interpret. I anticipate it being a lot different than it was two years ago. Let’s say the lockout hypothetically ends in November. Going off what happened 12 years ago (for the 1999 lockout), we’re starting a week later. There will be a lot going on. It will be kind of a frenzy.”

Kind of is an understatement. But lets hope it doesn’t come to that and before camps open cooler heads prevail. We just need to find some cooler heads because they don’t seem to be around right now.

  1. phintasm - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Remember when Grant Hill was good? What was that, like 15 years ago?

  2. ibchuck33 - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    He’s still a decent player averaging 13 points a game. Why he’d want to stay in Phoenix I don’t get. They’re not winning a championship anytime soon.

    • lunasceiling - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      While I’m sure Hill would love a ring (and alas, that’s not in the cards for the Suns in the years he and Nash have left to them), there’s also a lot to be said for stability when you’re at retirement age…even if that’s “pro athlete retirement age.” And I have no doubt Phoenix’s legendary training staff has a lot to do with his preference, too. While I’m sure much of Hill’s ability to compete at age 38 has to do with his work ethic, I also have no doubt that the system Joe Proski build there is a big help. He may be weighing that in his decision, too.

  3. chargerdillon - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I remember when he was good…..he was my favorite player…..except i never got to watch him because his body is made of glass.

    Playing for a team like the Suns, he’s not doing anything more than collecting a paycheck because he cant be serious about winning a championship with that lineup.

    If he were serious about a ring, he’d take the league minimum and play with the Heat

  4. thestudiokida - Mar 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns have an incredible training staff. They have kept a lot of old men going long beyond what was expected and maybe Grant Hill wants to stay where he knows he’ll be taken care of physically. I don’t think he’d be as productive for another team.

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