The Indiana Pacers and center Roy Hibbert could be parting ways with the Pacers having been reportedly shopping the two-time NBA All-Star for some time now.
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With star forward Paul George likely out for the season after suffering a horrific leg injury and guard Lance Stephenson now with the Charlotte Hornets, it could be a long season for the Indiana Pacers.
That’s why all corners are calling for the Pacers to trade veterans, with the main target for ousting being center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert had a rough year last season, falling apart after the All-Star break and then disappearing completely in the postseason. In fact, the 27-year old statistically had the worst ever second half to a season by a player selected for an All-Star game that year.
It seems more and more likely that the two sides are set to part ways, and today John Zitzler of Basketball Insiders said he believes that Hibbert has been shopped by the Pacers and that he is ready to move on.
"There have been rumblings over the past six months that Hibbert is ready to move on from the Pacers. There have also been rumors that the Pacers have been shopping around their towering center," Zitzler said of the center.
"At one point Hibbert appeared to an integral part Pacers’ future, but now his time with the team may soon be coming to an end"
"Hibbert has two years remaining on his current contract with the Pacers, with the second year being a player option. If the Pacers feel the chances of Hibbert exercising that player option are slim, they may look to move him this season."
Trading Hibbert now would not be easy for Larry Bird and Indiana. His stock has never been lower and teams just won't be prepared to take on such a huge contract for a player that may have already peak in the NBA.
Hibbert averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game last season, way lower than what is expected of him and the mammoth $15 million dollars he is set to make this season and next.