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Reports: Grant Hill near deal to sign with Clippers

Jul 17, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Ben Wallace AP

Grant Hill is going to Los Angeles, but not exactly like buddy Steve Nash planned.

Hill has agreed to terms and is finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple sources. John Gambadoro of KTAR in Phoenix broke the story, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network has confirmed it.

Both Nash and Kobe Bryant had tried to recruit Hill to the Lakers, but GM Mitch Kupchak has said the Lakers are only handing out veteran minimum deals. While we don’t know the details of the Clippers offer, it is likely for more than the minimum.

Hill will turn 40 before next season but was a solid starter for the Suns last year, giving them 10.2 points a game in 28 minutes, with a PER of 12.3. The Clippers are looking for some heady veterans to go around and steady out their young core, something Chauncey Billups brought last season before his injury. Hill will split time at the wing with Jamal Crawford, plus the Clippers can go small if they want and have Eric Bledsoe play minutes at the two.

Look for the Lakers to try and fill in some depth on the wing with a sign-and-trade for Brandon Rush or Courtney Lee, both of whom are better than Hill at this point in their careers. If that falls short they will see who else is on the market for the veteran minimum.

  1. dannymac17 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM,0,5613227.story

  2. atlcane513 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think he picked the right LA team … The Clippers will be better than the Lakers over the remaining years of Hill’s career.

  3. readysethike - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    solid veteran pick up for the clips…I really hope they didn’t overpay…and I hope they resign Kenyon…he put in solid min and defense for them last year

  4. blueblood86 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    You pass on the Lakers?????
    Have fun with the 7th place clips and that joke Lamar as your teammate

  5. loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    dang you Clip Show! I wanted Hill on my Lakers!…but hey, good move for them. glad to see that franchise is continuing to pave a better future for themselves….rivalries are vital in sports.

  6. mat9844 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Love this ~ Hill has always been one of my favorite players, and he can bring a lot of experience to the Clips!

  7. BigBeachBall - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    maybe clipper darrel and grant hill will hang with each other….

  8. blakegriffin32 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Love this. I hope it’s a sign and trade and we can go after Darko with the BAE. Maybe sign and trade and go after someone else the Suns are willing to drop for a pick? Who knows. Work your magic Clips.

  9. omniusprime - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Thankfully the Lakers won’t have Grant Over-the-Hill warming the bench with a too large contract. Thanks Clippers for wasting your money to save the Lakers so we can get Antawn Jamison. The Lakers need younger players, not a bunch of old worn-out geezers. That’s been the problem the last two years.

    • passerby23 - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Jamison is no spring chicken either and Hill’s 40 isn’t an old 40 given he spent a number of years injured. The Lakers are old, but Lakers and fans would’ve been happy to land Hill. Jamison is a nice addition too.

    • scalfor3 - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      yes younger players…like antawn jamison

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        Sarcasm appreciated.

  10. jerdogthompson - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Does anyone appreciate the TRUE irony here? Immediately after signing Nash every purple and gold Faker was screaming for Nash to recruit Hill. Now that he’s coming to join the better team he’s overpaid and over the hill. Gimme a break douche, enjoy mediocrity for the next couple years.

  11. canehouse - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    brilliant!! Grant guess ur ok with NOT winning a title?!!

    • badintent - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:45 AM

      YEah , he’s always been more than OK, a class act, something Kobe Knows Nothing about ! Title ? In Fakerland ? Your brothers couldn’t get pass the second round. Metta meltdown, Kobe snapping at Bryum and Sessions having nervous breakdown, yeah no title this year or next , till Phil comes back. Or Brown gets canned in mid season. Stay classy lakers, Clippers are better team with Billups back.At least Blake and LBJ can have a real man’s contest at the rim, not shooting 9-27 jumpers Kobeitis

  12. 24thesho - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Yo! “Hating” is NOT allowed towards Grant Hill. Not even a little.

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