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Report: Roy Hibbert opts into final season of contract with Pacers


Everything had been coming together for the Pacers in their bid to play a faster, more open style.

Paul George was preparing to play power forward. The more methodical David West opted out. Myles Turner, a potential stretch five, fell to Indiana’s No. 11 pick.

But the biggest variable – literally and figuratively – worked against them.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

Roy Hibbert will make $15,514,031 next season. He definitely wasn’t getting that on the open market.

But there was some thought he’d opt out to get to a team that values him more than the Pacers do. They still might try to make that happen – by trading him.

It’ll be tough to find teams willing to pay Hibbert that much, so the most likely course is Hibbert playing out the season with Indiana and then leaving next year in free agency. In the meantime, this could get awkward.

At least Hibbert will get paid well for dealing with it.

Report: David West to opt out, become a free agent

David West

While the Pacers wait for Roy Hibbert’s decision on the final year of his contract, they will also be dealing with the free agency of another one of their core players. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star‘s Candace Buckner, David West is opting out of the final year of his contract, which would pay him $12.6 million for next season.

At 34, West is probably not going to get another contract that pays him anywhere close to the per-year salary that he was making with the Pacers. But it’s easy to picture him wanting a little more long-term security on a smaller multi-year deal, be it in Indiana or elsewhere.

The Pacers could be looking at the end of an era with their current core if they lose West and Hibbert, who can also opt out. Last season was basically a lost year because of Paul George’s leg injury, but Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard may decide they need to retool with younger players around a newly healthy George going forward.

Mavericks considering signing-and-trading Tyson Chandler for DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler

DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in signing with the Mavericks.

That’d mean Dallas loses Tyson Chandler, who’s also a pending free agent.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

A sign-and-trade swap of the centers, which has been mentioned in Mavs front-office offseason brainstorming sessions, would make a lot of sense for all of the involved parties.

Dallas would insist that the Clippers also take reserve point guard Raymond Felton

This probably won’t happen because of the complexity. Four parties – Jordan, Chandler, Mavericks and Clippers – would have to agree.

But – if Jordan wants to sign with Dallas – it’s at least possible.

Why Jordan agrees: He’d get the same money as if he signed with the Mavericks directly. But this way, Jordan helps the Mavericks avoid clearing enough cap space to sign him, which makes it a little easier for them to build a strong supporting cast.

Why Chandler agrees: He had success with Chris Paul in New Orleans, and they’d reunite on a good team in his hometown. There might not be a better destination for Chandler, including Dallas. Paul, Chandler and David West worked well together. Imagine that trio with Blake Griffin instead of West.

Why the Mavericks agree: They’d unload Felton, whose contract is a burden. As a bonus, they’d be helping Jordan, a player the seem to like.

Why the Clippers agree: This would be their best option to replace Jordan. They won’t have cap space if he leaves, and this team is built to win now. Chandler is a downgrade, but the alternative downgrades are much steeper. Felton is a small price to pay for avoiding other routes for finding a new center.

Sounds like Pacers president Larry Bird, head coach Frank Vogel don’t want Roy Hibbert back next year

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Roy Hibbert was viewed as a key player for the Pacers during two straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals. But his time in the good graces of both head coach Frank Vogel and team president Larry Bird appears to have come to a close.

Indiana missed the playoffs this year (just barely), thanks mostly to All-Star Paul George being sidelined for the bulk of the regular season. At exit interviews, however, both Bird and Vogel made it clear that the organization is ready for a change to a more uptempo style — one that would lead to a diminished role for Hibbert next season.

There’s a lot more to this, but first, the quotes — via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

“I was talking to coach earlier, we’d like to play a little faster tempo,” Bird said. “And that means we’ve got to run a little faster, maybe at times play a little smaller. We just got into it, so I don’t know what style, but we’d like to change it a little bit. … But I would like to score more points and to do that you’ve got to run.” …

When asked if Hibbert would be benched next year as Indiana pushes for more a quicker pace, Vogel responded: “Yeah, potentially.

“We’ll have to see how it all plays out and what the roster ultimately looks like but there’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished, if we’re trying to play faster and trying to play smaller,” Vogel continued. “But a lot of stuff is going to happen this summer, we’ll see how the roster shapes out coming into next season.” …

Though Bird appeared hopeful that power forward David West, 34, will take his player option and stick around, he sounded less sure about Hibbert. When it comes to Hibbert, the unknown may be the only thing that’s apparent.

“Roy, I have no idea,” Bird said. “We just talked about different things and whatever he does, he does. I don’t know what he’s going to do.”

If all of these remarks are indeed sincere, then Bird and Vogel deserve a ton of credit for being so honest with reporters in discussing the franchise’s future plans.

But it’s worth noting that there may be a very real ulterior motive in play.

Hibbert has a player option for next season for $15.5 million; these comments make it seem as though the team would rather he opt out and explore his options as a free agent instead.

But the smarter thing to do would be for Indiana to hope he opts in, and then trade him for something of value in return — if in fact they’re ready to go in a completely different direction in terms of style, as Bird and Vogel seemed to discuss so candidly now that the Pacers season has finished.

Pacers lose Paul George, playoff berth

Vince Carter, Paul George

Paul George and the Pacers, finally, could muster no more.

George grabbed Vince Carter in backcourt, literally begging a referee to stop the game with a whistle. The Indiana forward clutched his leg. Teammates carried him to the bench and then eventually the locker room.

Eight months after an NBA appointed doctor ruled George was “substantially more likely than not” to miss the entire season and nearly three months after the Pacers fell four games and four teams out of playoff position, they were finally, actually, really done.

The Pacers lost to the Grizzlies, 95-83, tonight, allowing the Nets – who beat the Magic – to take the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.

The Grizzlies get home-court advantage in the first round and an easier matchup, the Trail Blazers rather than the Clippers. The rest of us will be stuck watching the playoffs and seeing a Brooklyn team that barely beat lowly Orlando at home in a must-win game.

Safe to say, the hard-playing Pacers would have been a more more enjoyable matchup with the Hawks. George was diagnosed with a sore calf in his left leg, not the right leg he fractured at a World Cup scrimmage. So, he might have even played against Atlanta.

Indiana just couldn’t get that far.

David West (four points before suffering his own game-ending injury in the first quarter) and Roy Hibbert (seven points and four rebounds) contributed little, and this might be the end of the Pacers as we know them. George Hill (20 points, six assists and five rebounds) looks like a keeper, but – even with George playing just 15 minutes – relying on C.J. Miles to lead the team in scoring (26 points) is not a winning formula.

To be fair, Memphis has been the better team all season. Marc Gasol scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Zach Randolph – despite limping often enough to make the Grizzlies uncomfortable – added 18 points and nine rebounds. That is a winning formula.

Memphis is a strong threat to advance in the postseason, much more than Indiana would have been. But after so many setbacks, a mere appearance in the playoffs would have more than justified itself.

The Pacers just couldn’t take that last necessary step.