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Dee-Squared
06-19-2012, 05:08 PM
Enjoy:

http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2012/06/19/roy-hibbert-restricted-free-agent-indiana-pacers/

by Steven Cuce

The days are ticking away here in June for Roy Hibbert and his patience with the Indiana Pacers. The former Georgetown University center wants it to be known that he loves playing for Indiana, but business is business.

Hibbert was quite pleased with the progress made by the Pacers this season. This team is gunning for something higher than a second round loss in the playoffs next season, but he’s not so sure if he’ll be part of the equation at this point. Free agency is set to begin on July 1st.



Roy Hibbert joined WNDE in Indianapolis with Query and Schultz to discuss trying to work out a long term extension with the Indiana Pacers, wanting to remain a member of the Pacers, the Pacers having a bright future next season and the idea of taking a hometown discount to stay with the team that drafted him several years ago.

This is a big offseason for you. You’re a restricted free agent. I know you’re trying to work out a long term extension with the Pacers. What’s been the approach since the season ended?

“It has been weighing on me. First and foremost I do love Indiana. They are a team that has worked with me since I was a rookie. They really worked to develop me, but at the same time I have to do what is best for myself and my family and talk things through with my agent and see what’s best for us.”

In your gut and the depth of your heart can you say you would 75% return to the Pacers?

“I would love to return to the Pacers. From what my agent is telling me it’s just a matter of them stepping up and getting the deal done. I can’t speak too much about it, but I know as the days are getting closer to July 1st I will be thinking what is best for my family and myself.”

Do you look back at this season favorably for all the great things this team accomplished moving forward?

“It started off a little rocky not knowing if we were going to play at all this year and luckily we were able to and we had ups and downs throughout the season, but the fans stuck with us and the team overcame the adversity. Obviously we would like to get further than the second round and be playing right now, but it wasn’t in the cards for us this year. Whether I am here next year or not I know this team has a bright future.”

Would you consider taking a hometown discount if the situation presented itself with the Pacers if another team made a higher bid?

“I am not going to answer that. I can’t answer that right now. My agent would…[Host: He would kill you, wouldn't he?] Yeah. My agent is really good at what he does and he’s going to look out for myself and hopefully a deal gets done.”

rexnom
06-19-2012, 05:09 PM
Love that agent!

pacer4ever
06-19-2012, 05:31 PM
Just what I said no way he takes a hometown discount maybe on his next deal but on this one?? Not a chance he needs to take all he can get Falk isnt stupid.

BillS
06-19-2012, 05:34 PM
Dammit.

So here we have another situation where the player and agent should know PERFECTLY WELL why it makes no sense for the team to do his signing first, and yet the implication is that they are feeling anxious because the team (damn them) wants to re-sign him AND get a good piece to add but can't do so if they make any kind of agreement with him first.

I hope it is just WNDE spinning it, but, man, you want your money and for the team to get another piece (like, say, a point guard who can get you the freaking ball in the freaking post without you having to go down on your freaking knees to catch it) then have some patience.

Roy has got to be smarter than that.

rexnom
06-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Just what I said no way he takes a hometown discount maybe on his next deal but on this one?? Not a chance he needs to take all he can get Falk isnt stupid.
Again, he doesn't need to take a hometown discount. He just needs to wait until we offer him the max deal (it will actually be a hometown bonus).

Our worst case scenario is that he signs a max offer sheet at midnight and we need to wheel and deal to get the players we want with our cap space in 3 days.

The question from the radio host is not a good one.

idioteque
06-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Roy is the good cop, Falk is the bad cop. Roy puts a gentle face on the notion that he wants to get paid. I can't blame him at all, but no one should be under the impression to Roy is a friendly goofball willing to take a discount to play in good ole Indiana because the team has been oh so nice to him and given him an opportunity. He wants to get paid just like everything else (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Speed
06-19-2012, 06:42 PM
Its why you hire an agent. However it works out, I'll root for Roy. Honestly thats a rarity for me to root for certain players outside the club, if it came to that. He's given it his all and that all you can ask.

xIndyFan
06-19-2012, 08:37 PM
got nothing but love for big roy.

he's doing this the right way. let the agent do the business stuff and he does the player stuff. gotta believe roy and faulk have talked about what roy wants. how much money is enough. if he wants to give a home team discount or not. all that stuff. good move by roy.

just keep being the face of the franchise, do the PR stuff, work on your game. he's gonna get paid. he knows it. everyone knows it. doesn't have to be contentious.

pacer4ever
06-19-2012, 09:46 PM
Dammit.

So here we have another situation where the player and agent should know PERFECTLY WELL why it makes no sense for the team to do his signing first, and yet the implication is that they are feeling anxious because the team (damn them) wants to re-sign him AND get a good piece to add but can't do so if they make any kind of agreement with him first.

I hope it is just WNDE spinning it, but, man, you want your money and for the team to get another piece (like, say, a point guard who can get you the freaking ball in the freaking post without you having to go down on your freaking knees to catch it) then have some patience.

Roy has got to be smarter than that.
The thing is guys like Mark Cuban negotiate in a very savvy way. Have you ever watched the Shark Tank on ABC?? Cuban sets strict deadlines and takes his deals off the table quick if you posture he is a no BS hard nosed guy and I'm sure most other teams are the same.


here is a clip..... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4E_TPgKMp-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

BillS
06-20-2012, 10:14 AM
The thing is guys like Mark Cuban negotiate in a very savvy way. Have you ever watched the Shark Tank on ABC?? Cuban sets strict deadlines and takes his deals off the table quick if you posture he is a no BS hard nosed guy and I'm sure most other teams are the same.

And if I'm David Falk I'm at least thinking "You're telling me I have to sign the offer sheet on July 1 or you'll withdraw it? Yeah, which other true center FA are you going after when that deadline expires?"

The frustrating thing is that guys complain their teams don't do anything to build a team around them (I know, Roy hasn't done that himself) and yet they go along with negotiating strategies that make it impossible for a team to keep space and build around them.

It isn't that the Pacers don't want to make an offer before July 1, it is that as soon as they talk money they are locked into the money they talk. They can't even say "we'll take care of you after we sign another free agent".

Brad8888
06-20-2012, 11:45 AM
Falk is very likely in Roy's ear and is dominating his thought process. Ultimately, Falk wants paid now regardless of what might be best for Roy. As a negotiator, it is in Falk's best interest to negotiate with his player first and then any team that he believes will rise up to meet the price negotiated with the player.

I actually suspect that if max is what Falk is after for Roy, the contract length will shorten, as it should IMO. Roy made the All Star team, that is true, but has he done enough overall, and consistently enough, to have earned both a max dollar and max length contract? I don't really think so.

Roy still has significant issues dealing with stronger players with lower centers of gravity and everyone knows it. Can he improve? Probably, with the right instruction.

Are the Pacers the right place for Roy to fully develop going forward, thereby maximizing his future earning potential? That has to be a concern for Roy. If the Pacers are serious, I would think that they would have to give Roy assurances that a big man coach will be hired to help him continue to improve. For Roy, I would think that he might like to further develop his relationship with Duncan based on the past offseason and Roy's huge improvement, which suggests to me that San Antonio might be in play somehow. The Pacers' pursuit of a big man coach would probably offset that to an extent.

Sandman21
06-20-2012, 12:11 PM
Are the Pacers the right place for Roy to fully develop going forward, thereby maximizing his future earning potential? That has to be a concern for Roy. If the Pacers are serious, I would think that they would have to give Roy assurances that a big man coach will be hired to help him continue to improve. For Roy, I would think that he might like to further develop his relationship with Duncan based on the past offseason and Roy's huge improvement, which suggests to me that San Antonio might be in play somehow. The Pacers' pursuit of a big man coach would probably offset that to an extent.

Jim Boylen says hello. He did a pretty good job with Hakeem and Yao Ming after all...

graphic-er
06-20-2012, 12:20 PM
And if I'm David Falk I'm at least thinking "You're telling me I have to sign the offer sheet on July 1 or you'll withdraw it? Yeah, which other true center FA are you going after when that deadline expires?"

The frustrating thing is that guys complain their teams don't do anything to build a team around them (I know, Roy hasn't done that himself) and yet they go along with negotiating strategies that make it impossible for a team to keep space and build around them.

It isn't that the Pacers don't want to make an offer before July 1, it is that as soon as they talk money they are locked into the money they talk. They can't even say "we'll take care of you after we sign another free agent".

I have a feeling that Roy's goodwill with the fan base is gonna go down the tubes if he signs a max deal on day one of FA.