HoopsHype George Hill + Trade rumors

June 14, 2014 Updates

Hill (drafted 26th in 2008 by the Spurs) spent his first three seasons in San Antonio and carved out a significant role. He played well enough that he was seen as a possible replacement for Parker, yet then found himself serving a much different purpose when he netted the Spurs this two-way terror from San Diego State in Leonard. As Buford shared, there was serious concern that stemmed from Popovich on down. "It felt like we were going to get our ass chewed because we just traded the coach's favorite player," Buford said with a laugh. "Tim, Tony and Manu, those guys had a really strong alignment with George. They'd been through a lot together, and there was concern for them, not only that they were losing a great friend but also a great teammate. So the trust that that group allowed us to make that move — because we don't do that without including them. That trust was vital to them saying, 'OK, we don't like this, but we'll frickin' see.' " USA Today Sports

February 4, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2013 Updates

So as an Internet rumor circulated on Monday that mentioned Hill and Danny Granger in a trade proposal to Boston for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, Hill remained unaffected. Hill’s agent, Michael Whitaker, informed The Star that he has not been in contact with either team nor has he taken part in any trade talks involving his client this season. Indianapolis Star

By Monday night, Hill had heard the rumor then shoved it to the back of his mind. “I don’t care nothing about that. If it happens, it happens. It’s the business and the only thing that I can control is what I can control and that’s to come out here and be the best teammate that I could possibly be and try to help this team win basketball games,” Hill said. “I just found out earlier today, so it’s something that I don’t really pay attention to. I kind of just saw it and let it go.” Indianapolis Star

December 17, 2012 Updates

Indiana has played better lately, but the Pacers are still willing to talk about making an adjustment here or there, though they aren't willing to talk about either George Hill or Paul George, according to sources. NBA.com

June 26, 2011 Updates

Tony Parker might be right. The Spurs' last chance to win a title in the Tim Duncan era might have come this past season when they won the West and flamed out in the first round against Memphis. But as he learned, he is not supposed to tell reporters back home in France, "(the Spurs) can no longer say we're playing for a championship." Here was the Spurs' reaction: Oh, really? OK, Tony, how'd you like to go play in Sacramento? Or, how does Portland sound? Scared to death of being banished to the ends of the earth, Parker backed off his comments. Satisfied that their point guard was back with the program, the Spurs then turned around on draft night and traded his backup, George Hill, to the Pacers. New York Daily News

As much as they liked Hill's work ethic, they had no intention of meeting his salary demands. So for the first time in the Gregg Popovich era, they traded up in a draft, obtaining San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard. He fell to No. 15 because can't shoot, but he's exactly the kind of athlete the Spurs have been lacking. New York Daily News

June 24, 2011 Updates

The fact Hill was traded to the team that plays in his hometown was no consolation. One of the most affable of Spurs was not up to speaking to the reporters he always accommodated, win or lose, hero or goat. “He is real emotional right now,” said his agent, Michael Whitaker. Trading Hill wasn’t easy for Gregg Popovich and Buford, either. The GM called Thursday “one of the most difficult nights in Spurs history since we’ve been here.” San Antonio Express-News

Hill developed so much in his second season, some called Parker expendable. So when rumors began circulating this week that the Spurs were talking to teams about moving Hill, player personnel experts for other teams wondered why. “I thought Pop loved that kid,” one GM said, perplexed by the trade talk. San Antonio Express-News

Like all proud Indiana natives, George Hill couldn’t wait to show off his pride in his home state. Hill exhibited his love for the Hoosier State in a unique way chosen by some brave souls in this new millennium — he tattooed the outline of his beloved state across his right side. It’s a beauty with a stylized “G” emerging from the outline of the Hill’s home state with stars coming out of the top. It had to hurt Hill to be traded from the Spurs after three seasons with the team. He was one of the franchise’s more popular players as San Antonio fans loved his hustle, his intensity and his grit on defense. General manager R.C. Buford told reporters it was one of his most difficult days as a general manager after he swapped an organizational favorite. San Antonio Express-News

June 23, 2011 Updates

The Spurs are targeting the No. 10 pick (Milwaukee) or the No. 12 pick (Utah) to move up from their spot at No. 27. The Spurs are offering reserve point guard George Hill as bait to see if there’s a chance they can get center prospect Jonas Valanciunas, who is expected to stay overseas with a tricky contract buyout situation. The Bucks, who already have Brandon Jennings as their starting point guard and veteran Keyon Dooling as a backup, aren’t interested in this deal. The Jazz may still be weighing such an offer. NBA.com

June 22, 2011 Updates
July 28, 2010 Updates

Hill has seen and heard most of the rumors, which aver that Hill's progress, combined with the fact Parker's contract expires after next season, makes Parker prime trade bait. “I've heard that (stuff),” Hill said, “but I don't think a player like Tony Parker, a guy who has helped this team win and has championships under his belt, can ever be considered expendable. “Right now I don't pay any attention to it. ‘TP' is my teammate, and that's all I'm riding with. Hopefully, I still get to play alongside him next year in that 1-2 combo situation.” San Antonio Express-News

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