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Report: Grant Hill leaning toward Knicks, not Suns

Dec 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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The conventional wisdom is that, like so many people in their “golden years,” Grant Hill was going to spend the rest of his (playing) days in the warm sun and great training facilities of Phoenix.

But maybe he is going to trade that in for a cold but exciting New York Winter.

That’s what Marc Berman at the New York Post is suggesting.

Grant Hill’s interest in joining the Knicks and being slotted as their starting shooting guard on a potential Eastern Conference contender is growing by the day, and there is a sense he is leaning toward the Big Apple.

Hill is a free agent who can go where he chooses. This is a combination lifestyle and basketball decision. Basketball wise, the Knicks are on the rise and he would be the starting two guard with Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the floor. Meanwhile the Suns are riding out the days until the post Steve Nash rebuilding begins, that is a thin roster. But as a family with two elementary school age children, living in beautiful, warm, more suburban Scottsdale may feel a better fit than the bustle of New York City. (Hill is not the kind likely to leave his family in Phoenix and play in NYC, his family almost certainly will come with him.)

If I had to bet I would bet on him staying with the Suns. But it seems that the decision is up in the air now, which is different than it felt to most observers a few days ago.

  1. sdelmonte - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I can’t say adding another aging player to the roster along side Billups is a great idea. But Hill would bring a touch of class to the Knicks, if nothing else.

  2. jolink653 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    i guess? i mean not like we have too many options on the team right now…why not give him a shot his experience could really benefit the younger players like fields and douglas and even shumpert

  3. seanb20124 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    He will still live a luxurious life and can also afford to send kids to private school. So lifestyle should not be an issue + wife is closer to music opportunities in Manhattan.

  4. coldplay519 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Grant Hill still plays basketball?! Wow… I thought he retired ten years ago…

  5. dysraw1 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    why do we always go after guy who are past their hayday, dont get me wrong grant is a bad dude still today. but geez the guy is near 40 we should be looking to get younger

  6. dysraw1 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    my idea of the type of two we need is someone who can give our post guys some space, someone who can shoot the three regularly, the two spot has been a weakness since the days of spree & allan houston

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