Now that the Indiana Pacers have lost guard Lance Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets and will likely be without their best player, forward Paul George, for the entire 2014-2015 season after he fractured his leg during Team USA’s scrimmage (although the Pacers haven’t ruled him out for the season yet), many believe the Pacers will blow things up and rebuild.
That could start with trading center Roy Hibbert, who is a fantastic defensive player but has always struggled on offense and was terrible in the postsseason.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball reports the Pacers have been “working the phones and trying to make trades” but Hibbert’s trade value is very low right now.
It sounds like they’re working the phones and trying to make some trades. There were reports that they offered Roy Hibbert and Chris Copeland to the Suns for Goran Dragic and that they offered Hibbert to the Pistons for Greg Monroe. It sounds like they’re weighing all of their options and gauging interest in their players. The problem is that Hibbert doesn’t have much trade value after the way he disappeared in the second half of last season and the playoffs.
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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