• Pacers match Blazers offer to retain All-Star Hibbert

    July 10, 2012 No comments

    Indiana Pacers restricted free agent Roy Hibbert was in Portland on Monday to take a physical, but he’ll return to the Pacers next season after the team extended a four-year, $58 million offer that essentially served to match the Trail Blazers’ maximum value offer sheet.

    When the NBA moratorium on signings ends Wednesday, Hibbert will have a four-year, $58 million deal with the Pacers. Indiana could have waited three days until Hibbert’s offer sheet became official but opted to offer an identical deal to expedite the signing. 

    Hibbert, 25, had opted to sign Portland’s offer after the Pacers initially did not offer a maximum deal to keep him. 

    A third unnamed team also offered the 7-foot-2 All-Star center a maximum deal according to Sports Illustrated. 

    The NBA free agency negotiating period began Sunday. 

    The Blazers were 28-38 last season. Portland has been shopping for a true center to pair with All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers also drafted 7-footer Meyers Leonard in the first round of last month’s draft.

    Hibbert averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and two blocks a game last season.

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