• Pacers resign Hill for 5 years

    July 03, 2012 No comments

    George Hill and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a five-year deal.

    Financial terms were not immediately available.

    The 26 year old Hill, who was a restricted free agent, will sign his new contract once the NBA’s moratorium period ends July 11. Team officials can’t comment until after Hill signs the contract.

    The Pacers acquired Hill, who starred at Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI, on draft night last year.

    Hill began last season coming off the bench at both guard positions. He became the starting point guard late in the season when starter Darren Collison went down with an injury.

    The Pacers won seven straight games with Hill as the starter as he averaged 15.4 points and 5.4 assists during that stretch.

    Collison returned, but coach Frank Vogel kept Hill as the starter the rest of the season.

    Hill averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 assists in nine starts last season. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists a game overall.

    Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard said last week he prefers to keep Hill and Collison.

    The Pacers have one restricted free agent issue to resolve. The Portland Trail Blazers offered center Roy Hibbert a four-year, $58-million contract on Sunday.

    He is expected to sign the offer sheet July 11. The Pacers would have three days to match the offer.

    Chris Kaman, a center the Pacers tried to acquire from New Orleans at the trade deadline last season, met with the Pacers on Monday.

    Kaman, who has made one All-Star team, averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 47 games with the Hornets last season. He is an unrestricted free agent.

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