With news braking over the weekend that Phoenix had rejected a proposed trade of Roy Hibbert, Chris Copeland and cash for Goran Dragic, and that Indiana is or was investigating the possibility of a Hibbert for Greg Monroe swap, it seems likely the Pacers are shopping the 2014 All-Star center. With Paul George out for who-knows-how-long, Lance Stephenson in Charlotte and the team not having much in the way of depth to step in for those two, Larry Bird and company probably recognize they aren’t a contender this season and their window with the current core has probably closed.
To start over, Indiana has to dismantle the rest of their core. The biggest piece in that tear down would be Hibbert, due over $30 million over the next two seasons (assuming he picks up his $15.5m player option for 2015-16). Certainly, the way Hibbert ended last season wasn’t stellar and could make moving him (even at a discount) more palatable to the Pacers. Still, Hibbert graded out as, by a wide margin, the best rim protector in the league last year and was a worthy runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.
So, what are some teams that could use Hibbert, and what might they have to offer in return?
The Detroit idea seems a total non-starter. If Monroe struggled to play alongside Andre Drummond, Hibbert would only exacerbate the spacing problems the Pistons faced last season. At least Monroe can step out on the floor and shoot and pass a little bit. Big Roy, not so much. Here are some other possible destinations: