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Report: Pacers, shopping Roy Hibbert, called Pistons to talk Greg Monroe

Aug 10, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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This makes no sense for the Pistons, but ridiculous things do get offered around the league.

There’s been buzz around the league that the Pacers are testing the trade value of Roy Hibbert — they are in for a rough season and he can opt out next summer — and even called the Suns to talk about Goran Dragic. Hopefully the Suns brass were polite and hung up the phone before laughing at that offer.

Looks like the Pacers may have called the Pistons, too, according to Matt Dery of Detroit Sports radio 105.1.

This likely got about as far as the Dragic pitch.

Detroit’s main roster issue is that Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith can’t play well together because none of them can space the floor (although Smith thinks he can). Hibbert actually took 30 percent of his shots beyond 10 feet and hit a reasonable percentage of them, but bringing him in is not going to solve your floor spacing issues.

Plus the Pistons would have to take on more salary to do it. Then could lose Hibbert next summer anyway.

The one thing to take away from all this is that the Pacers are considering all their options right now. If they can find a partner with a good offer they will move anyone on the roster not named Paul George (or probably David West)

  1. montrealknowledge - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Hibbert’s damn contract, ONLY reason why they can’t move him. Everyone always takes chances on 7 footers… Heck, Darko and Shaun Bradley kept finding work… Dalembert is still in the league. They, however made less than Hibbert.

    • geejon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      No his contract is not the ONLY reason they can’t move him. It’s not like they’re offering him in exchange for an expiring contract. They seem to want a good player in return. In Dragic’s case … a REALLY good player. They’re in for a rude awakening if they think anyone will part with anything worthwhile for Hibbert. How you gonna be 7’2 and have a career shooting pct. of 46% and only 6.5 rebounds. That’s horrible.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Yikes! his shooting percentage is as low as Melo’s and Kobe’s…

        (yes, I know he’s a big man and his should be higher… relax ya’ll and don’t get ur panties in a bunch)

      • youngindy21 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Yeah but Roy Hibbert is the defensive anchor on the best defensive team in the entire NBA. He is also a 2x All-Star and was 2nd team All-Defense this year. He’s got more accolades than both Dragic and Monroe.

  2. charlescub80 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    He plays better in the beginning if the season then falls apart. Need to trade him at the deadline when teams know what they need for a playoff push. It would be hard to do a sign and trade with Charlie Villanueva right now!

  3. brooklynnuggets - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Denver nuggets need to jump on that Hibbert trade

  4. zoomy123 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Waiters, Varejao + Grizz 2015 first round pick? Then trade TT for Shumpert + Jason Smith. Cleveland’s defensive problems would be solved in one fell swoop.

    • thekiller678 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Possibly the stupidest comment ever posted on PBT.

    • bhunter1995 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Shumpert and Jason Smith isn’t worth Waiters, let alone Waiters, Varajao and a pick. Shumpert is only good on 2k, in real life he is a bum on the offensive end (although I give him credit for being a great wing defender, Waiters could easily be a 15-16 PPG player if he were in Shumps position) and Smith is a scrub.

      • zoomy123 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        I have no idea what you’re trying to write.

      • zoomy123 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        And, yes, Shumpert is a bum on the offensive end, but so what? What’s your point? On a team with LBJ, Irving + Love why would he need to do anything except hit wide open spot up 3’s? Ever heard of Shane Battier? Bruce Bowen? Thabo Sefolosha?

  5. mpa2000 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Bird’s foul ups continue to mount. Traded Granger. Let Stephenson walk. Didn’t anticipate that our star player could ever get hurt.

    Now wants to top it off by getting rid of roy?

    • mcmystery76 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Granger has been washed up for about two years now

    • youngindy21 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Let Stephenson walk? Stephenson was a unrestricted free agent. He could have signed with whoever he wanted to. And nobody could have predicted that Paul George would have got hurt in the manner in which he did. Do you think Cleveland is planning on Lebron tearing his ACL or breaking his leg anytime soon?

      • sumkat - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        He did let him walk. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, I’d of probably let him walk to. I do think I would of signed him for the deal he got, but I don’t think he ever would of taken that from the Pacers. He only took that after hitting the open market and getting of shot of reality on what his trade value really was.

        I wouldn’t of signed him for the kind of deal that he would of wanted before he hit the market, and once he did, I don’t think he had any interest in coming back because he felt “disrespected”. I wouldn’t call it a “mistake” because, again, I wouldn’t of given it to him either. But he definitely let him walk

  6. lacolem1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Why wouldn’t West be available?

  7. jimhudson78666 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Nobody wants the Invisible Man after he vanished in the last part of the season and the playoffs! And with George out for the year and Stevenson long gone the Pacers should be renamed the Fakers! Maybe Bird will come out of retirement! LOL Say Goodnight Gracie!

  8. sumkat - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    They won’t get much for him. He makes way too much for what he bring offensively. Obviously he’s a beast on defense (when he’s playing well), and on the boards, but if eating up that much of your cap, he has to put up some more points than he does (and the ones he does put up aren’t efficient)

    That doesn’t even take into consideration that his contract is up after this year, and he can walk for nothing if he wants. It wouldn’t shock me at all (and my guess is, wouldn’t shock most NBA execs), if he decides he wants to be the defensive anchor for the new superteam in Cleveland. Or that Dolan’s money burns a whole through his pocket and the Knicks sign him, or the Thunder bring him in so Durant can focus less on D, and Westbrook can go for more steals. There will be contenders that offer him a contract next year, if he’s willing to take a substantial pay cut (which he’ll have to do anyway).

    That has to be considered when thinking about his trade value. To me, they’d be lucky to get a few #2’s and a prospect right now. Their best bet may be to hold on to him, hope he plays better getting more touches (and he’ll have to with George out and Stephenson gone), and try to move him to a team making a title (or playoff) push for a lottery protected first. Anything more than that, and I don’t see anyone biting.

    Crazy considering that 12 months ago, if he was on the block, Bird would of had so many GM’s on hold that his line would ring busy

  9. skoivu10 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Remember when the people thought the Pacers would actually beat the heat in the ECF?

  10. mungman69 - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    How the mighty Pacers have fallen. They’ve gotta be in complete rebuild mode. Mr. Bird, trade that team.

  11. fordmandalay - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Head case who has potential but disappears during games when needed the most? Sounds like a future Laker to me.

  12. arrondior - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    GMs across the league need to see a productive year out of Hibbert before they give up a player of value for him. The reality is that every GM wants to bring a trophy to their city and Hibbert’s record setting bad play-off performance is fresh in everyone’s minds.

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