Solomon Hill Rumors

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Chase Budinger was one of three Pacers — Paul George and Monta Ellis the others — to have played in every game this season entering Saturday night’s contest against the Detroit Pistons. In that 94-82 Pacers win, he never saw the floor. It wasn’t his fault, either. Third-year wing Solomon Hill has played so well that coach Frank Vogel said he couldn’t keep him out of the rotation. “Solomon Hill’s been giving us something in the last couple of games when he’s been called upon,” Vogel said after the win. “I just wanted to get Solomon in there somehow. Chase was the guy that we had to pull out. It wasn’t anything that Chase had done.”
On Dec. 15, the unofficial trade season begins as free agents who signed with teams over the summer will become eligible to be moved. The Pacers – once again, valuing offense over defense – have made Hill available for potential deals purely because he may not fit the ideal of how the team wants to shape the roster moving forward. Even so, Hill maintains a level head as his young career goes through highs and lows. “Rumors will be rumors, and all I can do is control what (I can) when I’m out there,” Hill said. “Just making sure I’m prepared and, if coach calls my name, making sure I can go out there and help the team win. That’s all I can really worry about. I can control what I can control.”
Storyline: Solomon Hill Trade?
Sources confirmed on Friday night that the Pelicans are one of the teams that have inquired about Hill’s potential availability. Hill has fallen out of the rotation at the small forward spot and the Pacers are looking to trade him. Sources say the Pelicans have done nothing more than inquire about Hill. The Pelicans could be looking to improve their small forward spot because Quincy Pondexter remains sidelined in his recovery from knee surgery that occurred this past may.
Storyline: Solomon Hill Trade?
Whether the New Orleans Pelicans make a strong push to pursue small forward Solomon Hill in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, Coach Alvin Gentry remains only concerned about getting the team back on track after a 5-15 start. ”I’ve got enough problems coaching the team,” Gentry said after Saturday’s practice. ”We got really competent guys with Dell (Demps) and his whole group that handle all of the personnel part of it.