Posted by Royce Young
Nevermind that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford just said they aren't shopping any players around, only "answering calls." Well, I guess he's answered a few regarding George Hill recently.
According to Draft Express, Hill is being shopped around for a late lottery pick to Milwaukee (10), Golden State (11) and Utah (12). All three teams likely would have interest, but the intriguing part is that supposedly, the Spurs are also dangling Tony Parker out for a high lottery pick. If either were to be moved, the one that remained would definitely become the starter. In Parker's case, he'd remain obviously.
It has always made some sense for San Antonio to try and move Hill along, seeing as he's probably too good of a backup to Parker. You have a top tier point man in Parker and a backup in Hill that would be starting for most teams. Understandable that the Spurs would finally look to move Hill and get as much value as they can.
A lot of teams are talking though right now and just because this rumor got floated out doesn't mean something is happening. But you already know that. At some point I'd imagine the Spurs would either part ways with Hill or make him the starter, but that doesn't mean now. Hill has a ton of value and somewhere in the late lottery makes sense for him.
However, with it being a seemingly weak draft, you'd wonder if that makes the Spurs balk a bit. They obviously have their eye on a player -- some think that's Donetas Montiejunas -- and I'm sure the Spurs are trying to target exactly where and what it's going to take to get him. Whether it's Parker or Hill, they're at least shopping.
Er, I mean, listening.