Grant Hill’s Future
Grant Hill has reportedly said he is ready to leave the Phoenix Suns organization to join a contending team. Grant Hill, at 39 years old, is willing to accept the League’s veteran’s minimum to sign with an elite team, where chances are high to win a championship.
Grant Hill, whose best days came from playing with the Detroit Pistons, and partly with the Orlando Magic, has been playing for about 18 years in the NBA, yet, he still has not won a ring. His latest still was with Phoenix when the Suns signed him in 2007. After coming off a mildly solid year, averaging 10.2 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game, he is ready to leave in hopes to join a championship contender.
Where will he fit best, NBA fans might ask? Well, two of the obvious choices are the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers and Clippers are in the mix, as well.
The Miami Heat just won the NBA championship last month and surely, they are looking to add more banners in the American Airlines Arena. Grant Hill would be valuable coming off the bench for LeBron James, but his minutes will surely have to go down to make way for the defensive maestro, Shane Battier.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have lacked a backup for small forward superstar and reigning three-time scoring champion, Kevin Durant. Yes, the Thunder picked up a steal in this year’s NBA draft by picking up Perry Jones III from Baylor. It would not hurt, though, if he could play some valuable minutes to give Durant rest and to serve as a mentor to the young rookie in Perry Jones III.
The Clippers are in the search of wing players to help stretch the floor. Grant Hill does have some body mileage, but he can still run with these young guns. If the Clippers get to sign a younger, more promising wing player, Grant can provide veteran leadership, as well as some good minutes coming off the bench, a la Derek Fisher and his role with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Los Angeles Lakers might be losing Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes might not return either. Devin Ebanks has received a qualifying offer from the front office and he is yet to accept it. The Lakers have not had many problems with the small forward position, which is good news for Grant Hill. Hill is an efficient scorer and is best suited for the half-court game, which is the Lakers’ style of play.
Not much news has come about the future of Grant Hill, though. There is no telling of where he goes, but we should all find out most likely by the end of July or early August. Wherever he decides to go, he will be of great help with whatever role he is assigned, surely.