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Report: Pacers to match $58 million max offer to Hibbert

Jul 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

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Roy Hibbert will remain an Indiana Pacer.

It was the only move the Pacers could really make.

The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to offer Roy Hibbert a max extension — four years, $58 million — on July 11. Indiana was torn as to whether or not to match the offer, but they have decided to do so, tweets Mike Wells of the Indy Star.

Is that overpaying for Hibbert? Yes. But bigs get overpaid in the NBA and the Pacers really had no choice.

Indiana is a young team on the rise — Danny Granger, David West, Paul George, Darren Collison. They want some depth and ideally shot creation at the two and are talking to O.J. Mayo (and Courtney Lee).

But it is Hibbert that sets Indy apart from nice to potential up-and-coming contender. Remember how at the start of the second round playoff series against the Heat it was Hibbert and his defense in the paint that had the Heat struggling. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had to adjust and step up their games to get by Indiana. It was a learning experience for the Pacers.

With Hibbert the Pacers are a team to watch. Without him, they are nice but not threatening.

They chose to spend the money to be a team on the rise.

Don’t bet on the Pacers immediately matching, they may wait three days (after July 11 offer) to try and sign a free agent in the interim. Indiana can go over the cap to keep Hibbert (Bird rights).

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Max deals should only go to a guy who can singlehandedly win games for you. Very few of those out there. Hibbert isn’t one of them.

    A very very bad contract.

    • professoressadiesel - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      If the owners are willing to throw out bad contracts, can we blame the players that know they aren’t Max players for taking them??

    • dacapt704 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Not sure why all the thumbs down..that comment is correct. You can’t “max” a guy like Hibbert or Joe Johnson for instance. Sure they are very good players but not GREAT players. I suppose one could say that your worth is what someone will pay you so I can see the other side.

      Just a bad move by Indy bc they wont win with him so why max out your payroll for a 2nd round playoff team? Doesnt make much sense but hey…what do I know? After all, NBA GMs are bright guys, they make great deals like the one for Rashard Lewis or Steve Francis, Edy Curry, etc…

      • dgbk - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        How many truly great or max players are there? maybe five or six, are any of them going to indy or doing a sign and trade to indy?? No they were not, and who are they saving the money for. remember it was a huge shock they signed west last season hardly a great player. You see the teams and cities all the super star players are going to indy is not on that list.

        They had to pay to keep a huge piece of their team, they are not going to win by getting an elite player. Without Hibbert they will still be too good to get a top 3 pick. They best bet is to keep their pieces hoping the young players improve and maybe add to it here there. Who knows maybe see if they can win as a team like Detroit did in 2004.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      well…like the article and some of the other guys here are sayin’…true big men are rare. indy had to do it. they got a decent squad that can do damage. kudos to the pacers on trying to build a contender.

  2. bparmalee - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    If you are willing to pay George Hill 40 million over 5 years then giving Hibbert the max seems like a steal. At least he has a position and isn’t an undersized shooting guard playing the point. I’m okay with matching Hibbert but that George Hill deal is horrible.

  3. rajbais - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Good job!!! Big men like Roy Hibbert do not grow on trees!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Hibbert slipped past the Dwight Howard-less Magic and was only above average against Miami’s big three of Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman and Rony Turiaf.

      The Pacers have a bunch of guys who would be good complimentary players. Nobody who can just take over. They’ll never get better paying Hibbert max money.


      • rajbais - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        Are you friggin’ kidding me???

        His postseason: 11.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.1 bpg in 30.9 mpg!!!!

        Plus, the postseason is the perimeter players’ forum; however today’s big men are today’s Scottie Pippens.

        It makes sense because Scottie was Michael’s sidekick and complement. If you live by the jumper, you die by it (thanks Charles Barkley) so you need length to get high percentage baskets to complement your jump shooters, but bail out your highly defended and eyed-on hoop penetrating player.

        Plus, his postseason featured him having an average of one fewer FG attempt. That’s 2 points gone, one possible three-point play away to give a team a boost. Every point matters unless there’s a 26 or more point lead with 6 minutes or fewer remaining.

  4. LPad - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Exactly how much is Hibbert overpaid? 8 million, 10 million over the life of the contract. Hate reading articles about how X player is overpaid without telling us how much you think he should get.

  5. andrewproughcfe - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    The NBA = the new MLB. Teams negotiating with free agents just to drive up the price that the team everyone knows will sign him will have to pay.

    It’s like the way the Angels and Yankees beat each other up in free agency. You let slip a rumor that you are negotiating with the other team’s most desirable free agent, and suddenly they are having to pay an extra $10-$20 million to sign him.

  6. jbk1234 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Looks like Batum is staying in Portland.

  7. hannsta - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Hard not to see this coming, Pacers would have taken a major step back giving up Hibbert. Still a slap in the face to my dreams of returning to the playoffs as blazers fan. Somehow I always get suckered into dreaming about RFA’s.

  8. meatloaf025 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    That Portland fan dreaming of Sam Bowie to get back in playoffs?

  9. pikkiwoki - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Portland did the Pacers a favor. As the team holding his restricted free agent rights, the Pacers could theoretically have offered Hibbert a maximum deal of 5 years, $79 million. Now, thanks to the Blazers offer, they get to keep him for 4 years, $58 million.

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