Tag: Grant Hill

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Grant Hill announces his retirement after 19 seasons


Grant Hill is retiring after playing 19 seasons in the NBA, and he made the announcement personally on national television during TNT’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Hill played sparingly for the Clippers in his final season, and the team had a prepared release ready once Hill broke the news.

“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks said. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players – but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Hill played five seasons for the Phoenix Suns before joining the Clippers for this last one, where he really didn’t get a chance to make the impact he was hoping to on a team with championship aspirations. Limited by injury, Hill appeared in just 29 games in Los Angeles, and his averages of 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest were by far the lowest of his career.

Just the season before, and really in his final three season in Phoenix, Hill had become his team’s best defender, and regularly guarded the opponent’s best player from the one to the four position. He remained an excellent finisher at the rim on the fast break even in his later years, and was always the consummate professional who was never anything less than a class act to deal with 100 percent of the time.

A seven-time All-Star, Hill had a decorated career that was stellar by any account, even despite the injuries he suffered while with the Orlando Magic. Originally selected with the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, he was the co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1997 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team which won the gold medal.

Hill finishes his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. He will have several opportunities available to him in his life after basketball, one of which which may include an invitation to join the front office in Phoenix in some capacity. The team’s president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, was Hill’s longtime agent before joining the Suns organization.

Jason Kidd undecided about returning next season

Jason Kidd, D.J. Augustin

The Knicks expect Jason Kidd will return next season. Kidd said his “plan” is to come back, too.

But the guard still hasn’t completely made up his mind.

Kidd, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I am thinking about it. We’ll see. I have to make a decision. We’ll see what happens. Right now I plan on coming back but in the next couple of days or a week or so, I’m going to think about it if I should keep playing or trying something different.’’

Kidd is the NBA’s third-oldest active player, behind Grant Hill and Juwan Howard, and Kidd leads active players in games and minutes. He has plenty of mileage on his tires – which showed when he went scoreless in his final 10 playoff games, missing his last 18 shots – so it would come as little surprise if he retired.

But Kidd is under contract for two (!) more seasons for $3,090,000 each. The Knicks moved the ball better during the regular season when Kidd was on the court as a secondary point guard next to Raymond Felton. In the right role with a low minute limit, Kidd might still be effective next year.

It’s probably just as likely, whether he returns or not, Kidd’s days as a viable NBA player are behind him.

Report: Dwight Howard not going to Clippers… did we need a report for that?

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It’s Dwight Howard silly rumor season.

Everyone knows the Lakers are still the front-runners in this race but the latest reports have the Rockets and Mavericks at least in a good stalking position to make a move once this race moves into the home stretch. Other teams may try to get into the mix as well.

But the Clippers? No. Never was going to happen. But just to reinforce that we have Ramona Shelburne of ESPN (who has been killing it lately).

I’ll give you a couple quick reasons. One: Money. Dwight wants a max deal; the man wants to get paid. The Clippers could do that if they convince the Lakers to take DeAndre Jordan back in a sign-and-trade… good luck with that. Or, they can trade Caron Butler or Eric Bledsoe for nothing, plus let Grant Hill and Willie Green go. Then after signing Dwight they could re-sign Chris Paul under his “Bird rights” to a max deal so there would be three max contracts on the roster. And then Donald Sterling can get ready to pay a lot of luxury tax — which you know he really wants to do.

Also, Howard wants a team where he is the star. Chris Paul is the Clippers star, unquestioned, and Blake Griffin is by his side and even more so is the face of local marketing. You think Howard fits there as a trio? And that’s not even discussing how that group seems an odd match on the court.

But there you go. Deal dead.

By the way, the Chris Paul to the Knicks rumors are just about this likely. He’s not leaving the Clippers.