A championship trophy has eluded the Suns since their birth in 1968 and Hill during an injury-plagued 13-year career.
"I'm sure everybody knows I've been through a lot," said Hill, who was introduced at a US Airways Center news conference Wednesday. "But I feel like this is a reward, the opportunity to play here and try to win a world championship.
"You want to win, and that should be your goal every year. "That's the goal here."
Hill said he was courted by at least 10 other teams, which he did not identify.
The Suns have won three straight Pacific Division titles but have not advanced to the NBA Finals during that span. They hope Hill will be the piece they've been missing.
"He's really been our only target, our priority, during free agency," general manager Steve Kerr said. "He was the guy we felt could make the biggest impact for our franchise. We're excited about what he's going to bring to us, both on and off the floor. Basketball-wise, I think he's the perfect fit for our system."
|Grant Hill keeps his No. 33, which hasn't been worn by a Sun since Alvan Adams retired in 1988. (AP)|
Hill comes to Phoenix from Orlando, where he spent seven frustrating years. Hobbled mostly by ankle injuries, Hill played in about a third of the Magic's regular-season games after signing a seven-year, $93 million contract.
Last season, though, Hill played in 65 games, averaging 14.4 points, 2.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds. His production and hustle give the Suns hope that he can contribute to their up-tempo attack.
"Right off the bat, you think he'll probably start and you'd think play 25 minutes (per game)," said coach Mike D'Antoni, who hasn't settled on a playing rotation.
Hill is a seven-time NBA All-Star who has averaged 20.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Only two other active players -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade -- have averaged at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Suns hope Hill's ability to play in the open court will take some of the pressure off point guard Steve Nash.