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Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 3:50 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivergrant-hill-small

A few weeks back, we noted a report that said the Miami Heat will target free agent forward Shane Battier.

On Sunday, the Miami Herald reports that the Heat are interested in another defensive-minded, perimeter-oriented veteran: Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill.
If the Heat cannot sign preferred choices Shane Battier, Grant Hill or Tayshaun Prince postlockout, Miami will consider Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady, among others.
Hill fits with the Heat in much the same way that we wrote his Duke brother Battier would. 
Battier is a versatile, intense, tough defender who enjoys playing on that side of the ball. He embodies the culture that Spoelstra has tried to instill in Miami, one in which the offense flows from defensive effort. Battier is super intelligent, known to pour over scouting reports, and he would be a fit with Spoelstra's advanced stat-influenced approach as well. It goes without saying that Battier is unselfish on offense, not needing shots or touches to get his game going. He's a solid rebounder for his position and is a 38.5% three point shooter. All of those attributes fill a need for the Heat, who are building around the ball dominance of Wade and James. 

Further, Battier would relieve some of the regular season pressure on either Wade or James, able to defend top-level perimeter scorers for long stretches without help, something no one else on Miami's roster was capable of this year.
Hill shot 39.5% from deep last year and took 10 shots a game last season with the Suns. His touches would diminish in Miami, certainly, but like Battier he couldn't care less about that. He just wants to win.

Much has been made about possible Steve Nash trades that would find him moved to a contender. The Suns are going nowhere and Nash deserves one or two last runs at a ring.

The same holds for Hill, who is one of the NBA's oldest players and elite ambassadors. It took Hill, who was recently ranked the No. 80 player in CBSSports.com's Elite 100, 15 seasons to win an NBA playoff series. Sure, the Phoenix medical staff has done miracle work to rejuvenate his career after a string of injuries nearly cut his playing days short, but Hill, a two-time NCAA champion and an Olympics gold medal winner, needs another good shot at an NBA title. From that perspective, the Heat would represent an excellent home for him. Hill, 38, could sign a series of one-year, veteran minimum deals for as long as his body holds up. Hill could do what Juwan Howard did last year, except be a lot more productive and helpful.

An interesting twist here? Hill is so likeable he would instantly make the Heat significantly less hateable. It would be significantly easier to swallow LeBron James winning his first ring if Grant Hill was there to pour champagne on him.

The Suns would theoretically be highly motivated to keep Hill and there's a decent chance they would be willing to pay more than anyone else to keep him. Here, though, the decision should be more about legacy and less about money.
Category: NBA
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Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:08 am
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

we should have taken the Bulls to 6.

should have, could have, but didn't. what should have happen was the bulls bringing out the brooms and sweeping them.




Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

Why would the Weep want Hill?  He doesn't strut around yellin' and screamin' about how good he is.  He doesn't talk about the seven or eight titles he's gonna win.  He doesn't blow off firecrackers and turn up the sound system when he signs.  He doesn't promenade on the court before the game is over.  He's just a no nonsense pro ... not Miami Weep material.  Sorry.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

Unless Michael Redd,Grant Hill,Tracy McGrady or Tayshaun Prince want to play for the NBA league min. which is like 487 thousand a year, they won't be signing all these guys.As The league was last season you had like 5.76 million to sign guys to your mid level exception.Pretty sure that's how they signed Mike Miller.At this rate they might be a winning team when Bosh,James & Wades contracts are up.One role player isn't going to win them a title, he will fill a small role and that's it...bottom line is the three Queens have to perfrom in crunch time.

As of right now Miami's roster consists of James,Wade,Bosh,Anthony,Haslem,Miller,House,Zydrunas,Pittman, and three guys I haven't really heard of in Da'Sean Butler,Kenny Hasbrouck & Patrick Beverley... RAISE THE BANNERS ALREADY!!! what a collection of talent!!!




Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

The pacers winning one game in the playoffs vs the bulls this year was some real luck right there.
Really?  That's the best you can come up with?  Considering we nearly choked away that game, we should have taken the Bulls to 6.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

so funny.......0% chance of a basketball season.  This is all a moot point.  The Heat cant win if they dont play, and I would rather have no basketball (the lockout will be infinitly more entertaining as owners show yet again they are smarter and more prepared), than have the heat win.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

It would be nice if they get him. Reguardless I think with or without him the Heat takes it all this year.

Lakers with new coach will not make it.
Mav's will be a one win wonder.
Durant squad still to young.

Knicks need more pieces
Boston crying about Perkins. (how could they trade him and keep Shaq)
Bulls, good competition but Boozer to soft.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

I agree.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:58 am
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

". It would be significantly easier to swallow winning his first ring if Grant Hill was there to pour champagne on him"

Best part about this article and so true. Hill has been a class-act throughout his career. Had he never injured himself, he could've been a top-10 player in his prime. I would actually like to see him on the Heat, it'd make me hate them a little less.  Do it Grant.



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:14 am
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

LOL, their first year?  I could have sworn the franchise's first season came back in 1988-89.  And yes, Miami is a loser.  They're not successful, just lucky. 


i hope you were just being a smart azz cause i think anyone here with any common sense would have understand of the first year of wade, bosh and lebron playing together on their 6 year contract. It's sad i have to break it down for some. The heat making it to the finals was more then most you haters were expecting. The pacers winning one game in the playoffs vs the bulls this year was some real luck right there.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:47 am
 

Report: Miami Heat to pursue Grant Hill?

I hope Grant Hill never, ever, ever, wins a ring. His selfishness ruined the Magic. I am not sure where you heard he is so well liked, but in Florida he is hated.
That's too funny. Your fat idiot coach ruined any chance you have.

He's hated because he played for Duke. I saw him up-close in the 1994 NCAA Tourney and the guy was unreal. He's a great player and a good dude.


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