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Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan Getty Images

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four years, $58 million) that the Trail Blazers gave Roy Hibbert. Because to me, Indy is pretty average without a true center like Hibbert in the paint and they had to know they would be paying him $12 million or so a year anyway. But Mike Wells, the Pacers beat writer for the Indy Star, doesn’t think they will match it. He’s much closer, maybe I read it wrong. Hibbert will sign the Portland offer July 11 and the Pacers will have three days to make the call.

• The Knicks are still really trying to re-sign J.R. Smith.

Nicolas Batum‘s agent met with the Trail Blazers front office Thursday and the Blazers came out of the meeting and said they will match any qualifying offer he signs and they will not discuss a sign-and-trade. That will keep his value down.

• The Clippers, Pacers, Bulls, Mavs and Wizards are all going after Courtney Lee after the Rockets yanked their qualifying offer. Lee is a free agent.

• Is getting the gang back together for one more run the smart play for the Celtics?

• There are a lot of teams interested in Brandon Roy.

Rashard Lewis is meeting with the Miami Heat this week. Don’t laugh, at a veteran’s minimum deal he is a stretch four that fits their new small-ball identity.

• Look for the Hawks to buy out Jordan Farmar (he was shipped to them as part of the Joe Johnson deal). That will make him a free agent.

Dirk Nowitzki said he was ready to move on after Jason Terry agreed to terms with Boston. Wonder how he feels today?

• Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talks his contract situation, also Derrick Rose‘s recovery.

• The Kings have made an offer to Jason Thompson.

• The Lakers re-signed Darius Morris.

• The Bobcats have waived Jamario Moon.

The Sacramento Kings arena situation still sucks.

  1. aldavis4president - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Roy hibbert is not a max contract kinda guy imo. Very good ..2ndtier group at da Center…ill take Tyson Dwight Bynum Marc gasol bogut over hibbert..max contract???

    • bparmalee - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Hibbert isn’t a max contract guy but my Pacers can’t replace him so they will match. Small market teams can’t get free agents so they end up having to over pay these guys. They won’t let him go for nothing…. worst case they will match and then see about moving him in season. Hibbert has more offensive skills than Tyson and less injury issues than Bogut so I would put him ahead of those guys.

  2. rocketsbb - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I wouldn’t take bogut but replace him with Aldridge or Randolph in your little group.

    • boondocksaint224 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      That’s all fine and good, except for the fact that Aldridge and Randolph aren’t centers. That’s like saying “I like Kobe as a shooting guard, but I’d rather have Durant”.

  3. xli2006 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    As a Pacer Fan, the Pacers would be fools not to match the offer. With the Bulls on Rose-watch, the Central is wide open. The Pacers can return the entire core from last year plus make a FA signing and still have trade options.

    Match the offer or take a big step back (for no reason). Centers are harder to find now, there is little benefit from not matching, and he is a fan favorite.

    I diasgree with Wells, the Simons / Pritchard / and Walsh have to realize Hibberts importance and who would they bring in to keep a similar team intact? Kaman… Ha, no.

    Match.

  4. jaydukes2 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Letting Tyson Chandler walk was the worst thing the Mavs and Cuban could of did. The Pacers letting an All Star center go they are then back to the middle of the pack so match the contract, 7 footers that can play don’t pop up at your door often,and he was due a huge pay day anyway

  5. drunkenjunk - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Can someone else make the same max offer to Hibbert?

  6. zacmonte - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    Wasn’t Hibbert an all-star last year?
    A young, 7’2″ center in a time where the NBA doesn’t have many good centers, who by the way has only gotten better these past few years, and they are letting him go? Not to mention the trouble he gave the Heat, a team they should expect to see in the playoffs often, and the fact that they would realistically be a 6-8 seed without him in the dreaded middle-range?
    Why in the hell would they let him go?!? Who cares if he might not be a max contract guy, in this situation, you bite the bullet and pay the man because they need him.

    • zacmonte - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:30 AM

      Not letting him go, that was a typo, but the fact that they are even considering not matching the offer is ridiculous in it’s own.

  7. redblue560 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    There is a big risk locking down big money on over 7 foot centers. Historically, they are prone to injuries. Yao Ming, Greg Oden to name a few.

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