Although the Indiana Pacers finished 56-26 and were the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season, they really struggled down the stretch.
They defeated the Atlanta Hawks in seven games and the Washington Wizards in six games before falling to the Miami Heat in six games but they hardly looked like the team that nearly knocked off the Heat a year earlier. One of the biggest reasons for their struggles was the poor play of center Roy Hibbert.
According to Matt Dery of he New Detroit Sports 105.1, the Pacers are now shopping Roy Hibbert.
Lots of chatter about Greg Monroe today. Pacers shopping Hibbert and a source tells me they have called the Pistons about him. All I know.
— Matt Dery (@dery1051) August 10, 2014
In fact, the Pacers reportedly offered Hibbert and forward Chris Copeland to the Phoenix Suns for point guard Goran Dragic. With how poorly Hibbert played and how well Dragic played, it seems like an easy choice to decline a deal (and the Suns reportedly have) but if the Suns can re-sign restricted Eric Bledsoe, it may not be a bad idea considering they acquired Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas and gave him a new four-year, $27 million deal.
Last season, Hibbert averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the field, 40.0% from beyond the arc and 77.0% from the free throw line. Over his career, he’s put up 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 4.7% from the floor, 30.0% from three and 73.7% from the charity stripe.
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