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Grant Hill says there’s a ‘strong chance’ he’ll retire after this season

Apr 4, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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Grant Hill joined the Clippers last summer, after the one-year offer that was presented by the Suns was inferior to the two-year deal he received from Los Angeles.

That second year may not end up mattering much after all, since Hill says he’s leaning toward retiring at the conclusion of this season.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

Hill, 40, joined the Clippers, began the season on the inactive list after suffering a bone bruise to his right knee, the one which underwent two arthroscopies since 2011 in Phoenix, and did not play until Jan. 12. Hill likely will not make it to that second contract year and opt to retire this summer.

“Strong chance,” Hill said. “I’m leaning toward it. I want to get to the end of the year and off-season and think about it but I’m pretty confident that’s where my mind is right now. I’ve enjoyed it.”

Except for a brief 2008 experiment under then-Suns coach Terry Porter, Hill always had started in his career until this season, when he often is not in the 10-man rotation.

The combination of health and role is likely powerful enough for Hill to make this decision, even before the year is through.

It is crazy, though, how quickly things have changed.

Hill played five seasons in Phoenix, and was not only a constant fixture in the starting lineup, but even as recently as last year, he was the team’s best defender, often drawing the assignment of guarding the opponent’s best player at all but the center position.

Hill also was an underrated finisher on the fast break, often getting out on the wing in transition while consistently making acrobatic plays at the rim appear to be routine, even at this advanced stage of his carer.

With the Suns essentially entering a full-fledged rebuild, it didn’t make sense to retain Hill beyond last season, especially once Steve Nash was dealt to the Lakers. Hill went on to say that he has no regrets in choosing to sign in Los Angeles, even though he isn’t likely to contribute much at all to the Clippers’ fortunes in what very well may be his final NBA season.

  1. glink123 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    The Bulls could use him. Perfect fit.

  2. lakerluver - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Grant could’ve, no would’ve, been one of the all time greats had he not had the rash of ankle injuries. He was an underrated superstar when he played in Detroit. One of my favorite players ever.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      you are correct, LL. grant had that “all-around talent” to be great at several aspects of the game…

  3. orakpownd - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I agree. Grant is such a “could have been” story. Its really a shame. Ankles killed what really should have been a great.

  4. toddm1016 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    The Lakers had a big role for him. He chose the Clippers.

    • tuberippin - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Yeah, that role been working out swimmingly for Antawn Jamison.

  5. metalhead65 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    wait grant hill is still playing in the NBA?

    • bigtganks - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      ^^ this. (I thought he limped away a year or two ago.)

  6. metalhead65 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    wait grant hill is still in the NBA?

    • bougin89 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Double Fail.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      guess there allot of duke fans on here, I must have forgot all the fantastic games he has had the last 5-10 years right? and all the great playoff games he has had on all the winning teams he played for while in the league.

      • xLith - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Juwan Howard still plays too. Just so you know. I wouldn’t want you to be surprised about anything that is happening outside of whatever your fair weather team is.

      • bougin89 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Not a Duke fan at all but Grant Hill had been more than serviceable on the Suns. Plus you’re attempt at being humerous was a fail. And then you reposted it except slightly different. Double Fail.

  7. gbsfinest420 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Did you really have to make sure that this comment posted??

    • metalhead65 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      I am sure you have never hit the button twice when your comment did not show up either right? turns out it posted it twice after I hit it a second time. it happens but not often get over it.

  8. sportsnut101 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Bet he still wishes he was in phx lol he was getting playing time n healthier

  9. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Despite his injury prone years, Grant Hill is a lock for the hall of fame.

  10. jimsjam33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Time to go .

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