Can the Pacers turn Roy Hibbert marquee player and centerpiece? What are the chances of an early contract extension?
Chad Ford (1:14 PM)
He's really having a great season and his grittiness in that Laker game (playing with a broken nose and without a mask in the second half) said something to the Pacers. With that said, it sounds like the two sides aren't close ... though things can change quickly when you get to the deadline. The Pacers might be the one team that would be incentivized to sign Hibbert now. There are very few centers on the open market. If he plays like this all year, someone may go crazy and offer him a huge deal. That would be insanity for Hibbert, but you saw what Gasol and DeAndre Jordan got this summer. The Pacers would be able to match ... but given their budget ... would they?