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Report: Jazz, George Hill discussing contract extension

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The Jazz didn’t trade before the deadline, preserving cap space to renegotiate-and-extend George Hill.

But the clock is ticking, with the renegotiation window closing March 1.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

The Utah Jazz and point guard George Hill are in active discussions on a contract extension in an attempt to strike a deal before Tuesday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline for such deals, according to league sources.

Hill is currently earning $8 million this season. The Jazz would use their $13,644,808 in cap space to renegotiate his salary up to $21,644,808. In exchange, Hill would agree to an extension that could be for a max of $75,039,844 over the following three years.

Could he get more as unrestricted free agent?

Perhaps — but maybe not enough more to offset the raise this season. On the other hand, free agency would allow Hill to sign a new four-year deal with any team or a five-year deal if he re-signs with Utah.

It makes sense for the Jazz to pay Hill more this season, when they have extra money to spend. Hill has been awesome, and though his age (31 in May) gives pause, Utah is ready to win now. Plus, in a renegotiation-and-extension, the Jazz can quietly take advantage of being able to add just three additional years to his contract.

This is a tougher call for Hill, who can probably draw big four-year offers, and maybe even a five-year offer,  in free agency. This’ll come down to how much he values security.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.