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Grant Hill practicing with Clippers, could play Saturday

Jan 8, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

Grant Hill Clippers AP

Great news Vinny Del Negro, you’ve got another perimeter player you need to find minutes for…

Grant Hill and his 40-year-old knees are back practicing with the team, reports Arash Markazi of He could return to the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host the Magic.

“We’ll see how he does tomorrow in practice and we’ll make that assessment how he reacts to a little more physical contact tomorrow,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Monday. “He was doing all the drills today and for the past couple of weeks, so he said he feels good. But we’ve got to get him out there with some contact and obviously his rhythm and timing is off, but it won’t take him long.”

Hill has been out all season with a bone bruise in his knee. He played a couple of the Clippers exhibition games — in China against the Heat — but has been in a suit on the sidelines ever since.

Chauncey Billups is looks like he will return closer to the end of the month, Markazi reports.

  1. franchiseplaya - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Hill is such a professional I’m sure he has no issue with playing limited minutes on this deep Clippers team. I’m sure he’s not regretting not following Nash to the Lakers. At the start of the season I never would’ve put the words “championship” and “clippers” in the same sentence but with that deep bench to withstand injuries, CP’s leadership, that convincing win streak and getting battle tested in last years playoffs (including that comeback against the Grizz) this is a dangerous team.

  2. BigBeachBall - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Trade Hill, he’s late to the party.

  3. fiddytucker - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Steve Nash and Grant Hill are gone from my crappy Suns but to date both are as broken as a couple of Yugos in a Junk yard

  4. badintent - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Grant is like a taller Jason Kidd, really smart coach on the floor , spot up shooter./ He’ll get some minutes now, but more later in the playoffs when holding down TOs and solid D is more critical in crunch time than Lob City

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