The Indiana Pacers are already without one NBA All-Star next season following Paul George's gruesome leg break, and it looks like they are looking to move on another.
According to reports today, the Pacers have made contact with at least one NBA franchise in a bid to shop embattled big man Roy Hibbert.
Detroit sports radio host Matt Dery explained Monday that the Eastern Conference runners up have spoken to the Detroit Pistons front office regarding Hibbert:
"Lots of chatter about Greg Monroe today. Pacers shopping Hibbert and a source tells me they have called the Pistons about him," Dery revealed via Twitter.
Roy Hibbert struggled mightily towards the business end of the 2013-14 season with Indiana Pacers' fans and players becoming increasingly frustrated with the center's lack of production.
Despite beginning the season well as the Pacers set the pace in the Eastern Conference Hibbert failed to produce when the 2014 NBA playoffs rolled around. Finishing a number of games with zero points and zero rebounds, his reputation plummeted along with his confidence.
Roy Hibbert remains an effective player when playing at his peak however and actually ended the regular-season ranked number 1 in the league in rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers are rumored to be interested in attaining Greg Monroe from the Pistons with the ex-Georgetown man deemed a better offensive option for a team now without the scoring talents of Paul George.
But using Hibbert as part of any deal would seem unlikely to tempt the Pistons into playing ball considering they already have emerging star Andre Drummond at the center spot should Monroe seek a move as contract negotiations continue to stall.
Monroe is a highly sought after player at present anyway and as such the Pistons are likely to be seeking far more than a Hibbert in any sign-and-trade deal that may arise.
Only recently Indiana Pacers owner Larry Bird spoke of his desire to help Hibbert return to the form which led to 2014 All-Star honors. And with the big man meeting with both Bird and NBA all-time top scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently it looked like the franchise was making efforts to aid the beleaguered star.
But news in recent days seems to suggest otherwise, what with the Pistons revelation as well as reports that the Pacers looked to trade Hibbert for Goran Dragic earlier this offseason.
In all likelihood Paul George's season-ending injury has forced the Pacers to assess their roster as they seek to remain competitive in 2014-15 and it just might be that Roy Hibbert has been deemed the man to make way as the franchise attempts to bring in players who can shoot the ball.
Monroe averaged more than five points more than the defensively excellent Hibbert during the 2013-14 season.
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