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Will Galen
06-30-2012, 01:33 PM
http://www.indystar.com/article/2012...e-agency-looms (http://www.indystar.com/article/20120629/SPORTS04/206290347/Pacers-aim-lock-up-Roy-Hibbert-George-Hill-free-agency-looms)

Pacers aim to lock up Roy Hibbert, George Hill as free agency looms

Written by Mike Wells (mike.wells@indystar.com)


Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard kept the details vague but the team plans to be aggressive with free-agent center Roy Hibbert. Come Sunday morning at 12:01 a.m., the start of the NBA free agency period, the Pacers will be on Hibbert's doorstep making their pitch to re-sign the free agent center.


"We'll absolutely be there," Pritchard said.

The Pacers will also be meeting with free agent guard George Hill once he returns from vacation.



The team's free agency strategy is simple. Re-sign Hibbert and Hill so they can keep their starting unit together, then add pieces to their bench.



"Continuity moving forward with good teams is real important," Pritchard said. "You want to keep the same guys because for whatever reason they learn each other better. You look at the elite teams who have had success, they stay together with small changes.



"This team isn't about blowing it up and starting it new. We have to keep the same pieces in place and we have to keep growing."



The Pacers finished with the fifth best record in the league and advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season.



Teams can only agree to contracts and trades during the moratorium period from Sunday through July 10. Starting July 11, deals can be signed.



Hibbert and Hill are both restricted free agents, which means the Pacers can match any offer made to them. Teams have three days to match offers made to restricted free agents. The Pacers will likely match offers made to Hibbert and Hill.



Both players have said in the past that they want to re-sign with the Pacers.



Pacers owner Herb Simon told Pritchard and president Donnie Walsh that he is willing to spend money in order to improve the team.



The Pacers will have about $10 million in salary cap space available without it impacting their ability to re-sign Hill and Hibbert.



Point guard Darren Collison, who lost his starting job to Hill because of an injury at the end of the regular season, told the front office during his exit interview that he wants to return next season.



"I'd love to have him back. Is it possible? I think so," Pritchard said. "At some point in time there might have to be changes made, but that's not our goal. He came up and told us he wants to be back."



Center Kyrylo Fesenko is open to re-signing with the Pacers. He only played in three games after being acquired late in the season.



Pritchard plans to work the phones in an attempt to add another big man and scorer on the wing. Guards Brandon Roy and O.J. Mayo are two wings players the Pacers plan to pursue. Jamal Crawford could also be a possibility.



Roy, a former All Star, retired last season because of knee problems but he's attempting a comeback. He and Pritchard were together in Portland.



Mayo became an unrestricted free agent Friday when the Memphis Grizzlies did not tender a qualifying offer to him. Former Pacers president Larry Bird tried on several occasions to trade for Mayo in the past.



Crawford signed with Portland instead of the Pacers last season.


The Pacers are also expected to contact point guard Deron Williams' agent, but the top free agent on the market is expected to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets or go to Dallas. Future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash also reportedly has a small list of teams he wants to sign with; however the Pacers aren't one of them.

BornReady
06-30-2012, 01:51 PM
cool! I'm excited to see what Pacers FO has in store for us :) I still want OJ Mayo!

tadscout
06-30-2012, 01:56 PM
So we have a ten day period where we can line up other free agents to sign and use up our cap space, before we will have to sign/match our RFA... I knew about that in the past, but yet completely forgot about it. That makes me more comfortable we can at least add a nice piece.

graphic-er
06-30-2012, 02:56 PM
So technically Roy can't sign a deal until the 11th? So we would have 3 days to match after that.

PGisthefuture
06-30-2012, 03:01 PM
So there are some good things and a few bad things to take from this. We are actually going to try and add some major pieces. I would be very happy with Brandon Roy or OJ Mayo, although I think Roy would fit in better with our team. I know we aren't likely going to even come close to touching Williams, but at least the team is willing to make him an offer or contact him. Looks like this could get interesting.

Steagles
06-30-2012, 03:33 PM
I like that we can get people to agree 13 days before we have to match Hibby and Hill. PLENTY MORE time than I ever knew we had.

DGPR
06-30-2012, 03:42 PM
I have it in my head that Mayo is already on the team since we have traded for him so many times already. Just get him here already, he knows we want him.

imawhat
06-30-2012, 03:44 PM
Dumb question: outside of showing our intent, what good does showing up at Hibbert's doorstep do for the Pacers? Aren't we at the mercy of another team's offer? I'm not sure what we can do.

Steagles
06-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Dumb question: outside of showing our intent, what good does showing up at Hibbert's doorstep do for the Pacers? Aren't we at the mercy of another team's offer? I'm not sure what we can do.

Attempting to get a deal agreed on in principle so when we can sign we can quickly sign someone else then Hibbert.

yoadknux
06-30-2012, 03:53 PM
The team's free agency strategy is simple. Re-sign Hibbert and Hill so they can keep their starting unit together, then add pieces to their bench.

"Continuity moving forward with good teams is real important," Pritchard said. "You want to keep the same guys because for whatever reason they learn each other better. You look at the elite teams who have had success, they stay together with small changes.


Elite teams have success because they keep ELITE talent together. If all we do this offseason is upgrade our bench with overpriced free agents then we're gonna be Atlanta-like for the next few years...

graphic-er
06-30-2012, 03:56 PM
Dumb question: outside of showing our intent, what good does showing up at Hibbert's doorstep do for the Pacers? Aren't we at the mercy of another team's offer? I'm not sure what we can do.

Well first off I don't even think Hibbert will be home at 12:01 AM. He is traveling today. So I hope somebody gets that bit of info to KP so our front office doesnt look like buffoons.
2nd. It might just be a figure of expression because most players refuse to meet with team about contracts without their agents present.
3rd. The Pacers not at the mercy of any other teams offer, they are free to sign an agreement whenever they want. Infact most teams would rather control their own destiny and sign the player on their terms. Rahter than matching a contract some other team has come up with. Because my understanding is that when you match an offer it is the exact offer that the player signed. Not just the dollar figures.

imawhat
06-30-2012, 05:53 PM
Attempting to get a deal agreed on in principle so when we can sign we can quickly sign someone else then Hibbert.


3rd. The Pacers not at the mercy of any other teams offer, they are free to sign an agreement whenever they want. Infact most teams would rather control their own destiny and sign the player on their terms. Rahter than matching a contract some other team has come up with. Because my understanding is that when you match an offer it is the exact offer that the player signed. Not just the dollar figures.

I've never heard of a player (in demand) officially becoming a restricted free agent and then agreeing to terms with their original team without signing an offer sheet from another team first. Has that ever happened?

Steagles
06-30-2012, 05:59 PM
I've never heard of a player (in demand) officially becoming a restricted free agent and then agreeing to terms with their original team without signing an offer sheet from another team first. Has that ever happened?

If the player gets everything he wants in a deal and a "fair" salary proposition (that he thinks is fair) from his original team he might as well sign it. He would have no reason to sign another deal

tadscout
06-30-2012, 06:14 PM
I've never heard of a player (in demand) officially becoming a restricted free agent and then agreeing to terms with their original team without signing an offer sheet from another team first. Has that ever happened?

If I remember right they can receive an offer sheet and not sign it, and show their home team the offer as leverage if they want the extra year and larger increases.

PacersHomer
06-30-2012, 06:26 PM
I didn't know about the 10 day waiting period, but it makes sense. If it wasn't for that rule teams with valuable RFAs would be held hostage by any team that could offer them and basically cut them off from any UFAs.

daschysta
06-30-2012, 07:09 PM
Even a max deal for Roy would be in no way at all be nearly as crippling as Joe Johnson's. Our other "star" players are payed reasonably too, and our youth surrounding them is superior as well. Not signing Hibbert would be idiotic, and no GM would think that was a good idea, even if we have to slightly overpay. First year All-Star 25 year old centers are as rare as unicorns.