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George Hill agrees to five-year deal to stay with Pacers

Jul 2, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

Indiana Pacers' Hill dribbles against Miami Heat's Chalmers during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Indianapolis Reuters

When you have a good young team, keep them together.

That is what is going on in Indiana, where along those lines they have agreed to terms with George Hill on a new five-year deal, tweets Mike Wells of the Indy Star.

Terms of the deal are not yet known. So we can wait to decide if it is a good or bad deal long term, but as he is 25 the length of the deal should not be an issue.

Hill played a solid role off the bench for the Pacers last season, giving them 9.6 points per game and a PER of 15.7. His role really stepped up in the playoffs, with him playing 31 minutes a game, scoring 13.5 points per game and with a PER of 17. The Pacers are counting on having the playoff version of Hill going forward.

The biggest question for the Pacers now is Roy Hibbert — he is expected to sign a max offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers on July 11 (the first day you can sign a free agent). The Pacers will then have three days to match the offer or let him go. I really don’t see how they do not match. Hibbert is central to making the Pacers a contender.

  1. pmd5319 - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    With this deal and most likely matching the offer on Hibbert, does anyone who follows the Pacers know if that will be it for them, as far as free agency goes? Don’t follow Indiana closely, don’t know their cap situation. Thanks.

    • bparmalee - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      The Pacers will still have room to add another peice. They are at about 36 million right now….. hopefully this deal starts at under 5 million (please god don’t be a crazy deal) so that puts at about 41 million… they should be able to retain Hibbert and still go after a real shooting guard. I am still hoping they move Granger in the process also but that’s a whole other issue. I’m just glad we resigned him so that we didn’t just waste a draft pick last year trading for him.

      • pmd5319 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Thanks for the info. Trying to see outside of Brooklyn (still feels weird to say Brooklyn), if they don’t sign Williams, who would be major players for Eric Gordon.

  2. diamondmo33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Any info why everyone is so down on the pacers draft pick?

    • sportsguy99 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      um because its Miles Plumlee lmfao! Your pacers will lose Hibbert to a max deal sign Chris Kaman and think all is well what a joke they should be throwing whatever money they have at eric gordon they already have a good crew of role players and secondary guys they need a star but Im not sold on Gordon being a star

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