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May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts after game five against the Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Indiana Pacers should trade Roy Hibbert

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After performing at high level in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals in a seven-game series loss to the Miami Heat, Roy Hibbert was a disaster in the 2014 postseason.

The Pacers were disposed of by the Heat in six games this season and may consider making changes.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Pacers should explore moving Hibbert.

I would honestly explore moving Hibbert if I were them. Not that I think he’ll remain as ineffective and inconsistent as he was throughout large stretches from Feb-May, but because I think you can get a rim protecting big man at a much cheaper rate if you’re Indiana. Count me as one of those that actually expected him to take another step forward offensively after all of the success he had during their run in 2012-13, but he actually looked as though he regressed on some nights and simply was never able to put it together outside of a few scoring outbursts on nights he had an advantage and got it going.

Also, while I fully understand Indiana is a team that focuses on team rebounding and have a few guys that each average right around 5-7, I cannot for the life of me understand how a guy that is 7’2 can go months…yes months without reaching double-digit boards. Whether this past season’s struggles were a mental thing or caused by some serious internal issues within the team, his under-performance was also due to a lack of focus and effort in some cases, in my humble opinion.

Hibbert averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the field and 77.0% from the free throw line.

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