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Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:15 am
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Posted by Royce Young

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote yesterday that if the Timberwolves were to trade the No. 2 overall pick, they'd have to be "blown away" by an offer. Well according to Yahoo! Sports, they got another offer. Does this one blow anyone away?

Reportedly, the Pacers offered big man Roy Hibbert and their No. 15 pick to Minnesota in exchange for the No. 2 pick, which would've been used on Derrick Williams. The Wolves were not blown away and turned that one down.

Wise move, David Kahn. Hibbert doesn't necessarily give you a real building block to success, especially when you consider you're giving up Williams, a pretty quality talent, in the process.

Interesting though that the Pacers offered Hibbert. The Indiana center made some huge strides in his game last season and at 7-3, is the kind of big man most teams crave. But he's inconsistent and sometimes fades out of games and gets in foul trouble. Not exactly worth the No. 2 pick.

But if the Pacers would've taken Williams, that tells me they're also interested in maybe moving Danny Granger. Williams and Granger are similar players playing similar positions. Keepign Granger might've stunted Williams' development which means Granger could've been dealt and some of the Pacers cap space opened up.

Really, that's a much more reasonable deal anyway. Hibbert, Granger and the No. 15 pick for Minnesota's No. 2 pick. Who says no there? The Pacers are probably giving up too much, but considering they want to clear cap space, that would get done in this deal. Now that deal might've blown them away.
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Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:54 am
 

Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

I wouldn't trade Granger straight up for the 2 pick! He's by far the Pacers best player. Makes no sense if you want to eventually win.



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:19 am
 

Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

If I were the GM for Minnesota I would make this deal in a heartbeat. Adding Hibbert and Granger, along with Kevin love and rubio would make them a playoff team this year, and possibly competting with OKC for the Top in West in about 2 - 3 years.




Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

Chuck Hayes plays for the Rockets. And trading Hibbert and Granger for the number 2 pick(an unproven player) is ridiculous. No way that happens. The pacers problem is they are always in the middle of the Lottery because of their mediocore record. But their records are not bad enough to lock them in for a quality lottery pick. I think Hibbert would be perfect for the Wolves but not for the 2nd pick. However you put it the Wolves are in a bad situation. If Ivring falls to them at 2 they have 3point guards already(2 drafted to be the franchises PG Flynn and Rubio) and if they draft Williams the Wolves are loaded at both forward spots. I thought it was a bad idea to trade that pick(2nd overall) but if they could get a quailty center, someone like Tyson Chandler(Bynum is out the question) then make that deal happen. Otherwise the Wolves are going to have to get rid of some players to make room for Ivring or Williams.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

I got Hibbert through the auto-draft on my fantasy team.  I eventually cut him loose because I could get better production out of Chuck Hayes.  Quick, which team does Chuck Hayes play for!  Exactly.  That's about how much seven feet three inches of Hibbert is worth.



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Pacers offered Hibbert for No. 2?

"The Pacers are probably giving up too much, but considering they want to clear cap space, that would get done in this deal. Now that deal might've blown them away."


1.  Several contracts came off the Pacers books at the end of last season clearing plenty of cap space... they went from a 64.3 million payroll to currently 34.9 million payroll (currently guaranteed).  So how are you considering that they want to clear cap space... it would seem the cap space is there.  Bye bye to Dunleavy, Ford, Foster and Tinsley although if Foster wants to play another year at a decent salary meaning no more than 2 million I'm sure the Pacers will sign him.


2.  Larry Bird, on NBA.com today, mentioned that the Pacers will make a move if it improves the team.  How does giving up 2 starters from a playoff team (even though they had a losing record) and the 15th pick make them a better team?  Especially with the way NBA free agency is going... who wants to sign a max deal to play in Indiana?  It would be like Minnesota trading Kevin Love and the 2 pick for the 1 pick.

I hardly think that Hibbert and Granger for the 2 pick would even be a consideration... and if it is I'm going to become a T-wolves fan.


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