HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

July 6, 2014 Updates

After a flurry of rumors dating back a little more than a month, there has not been much to speak of when it comes to the possibility of Indiana moving center Roy Hibbert in a trade. But, according to multiple front-office sources, the Pacers have quietly sought out possible new landing spots for their enigmatic big man. “I would say they’ve been doing that, but quietly,” one front-office source said. Sporting News

He added that Indiana’s preference would be to send Hibbert to the Western Conference. Portland originally gave Hibbert his max offer, and the Blazers have been intermittently linked to Hibbert. But the Blazers are focused on keeping star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with a contract extension and making smaller tweaks to their bench. A source labeled a Portland deal, “unlikely.” Sporting News

June 3, 2014 Updates

"Roy's never asked us to go bring someone in," Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, said. "I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that." ESPN.com

Bird said he's not sure what's to blame for Hibbert's inconsistent play. He said he talked to Hibbert briefly a number of times during the season and the center would ask him, "What do you see?" "When Roy loses his confidence, he struggles at times," Bird said. "I hope he can come back strong. I hope he can do the things necessary to get better." Bird said he hasn't talked to Hibbert about his summer plans yet but believes Hibbert is willing to do what it takes to improve for next season. "I think Roy is open to about anything, anything that he thinks would make himself a better basketball player," he said. ESPN.com

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There is said to be some thought on both sides -- management and Hibbert's -- that a fresh start would be beneficial for everyone after the big man's second-half woes. Hibbert's camp hasn't outright asked for a trade, sources say, but word is that it wouldn't exactly oppose one if the Pacers decide to actively shop their center. ESPN.com

May 29, 2014 Updates

Hibbert hadn't yet heard about Stephenson's flirtation with James when he made that comment. Told of it, he stopped. “He what now?” Hibbert asked. Told that yes, indeed, Stephenson had blown in James' ear, Hibbert smiled. “I mean, Lance, you know, just, I mean, he does stuff,” Hibbert said. “In practice, he tries to get under everybody's skin. He's trying to D me up and grabbing my rib. If it works, it works. You hear all this stuff in the ‘90s about how guys defend people, so guys blowing in his ear is not that big of a deal. “For the most part, he's been level-headed the past couple of days. He hasn't been playing around. He's been professional the last couple of days.” NBA.com

May 28, 2014 Updates

Q: Did Hibbert's selfish comment have an impact inside the locker room? A: Yes, and in a negative way. As one person with knowledge of the situation put it: "It divided the locker room big time." The Pacers didn't become one of the best teams in the league on talent alone. Their chemistry -- until about February -- was a strong bond that appeared unbreakable. But Hibbert, according to sources, defied a core belief of the team, which is to keep dirty laundry in-house. ESPN.com

This "selfish dudes" comment, though, broke the trust of his teammates because he didn't come to them to address it first. Already upset with his play, Hibbert's teammates lost some trust in him after those comments, multiple sources said. "Teams that are tied together don't do those types of things," a source said. ESPN.com

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"Roy knows we got his back, simple as that," said Paul George. "He just has (to) continue to be consistent for us. We know (some) nights it's going to be tough. He's not going to score 28-30 points night-in and night-out, but we're always going to need him on the defensive end. The past two games he's been great just defending our basket." Indianapolis Star

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With Hibbert at the focus of all things, the Pacers returned to a strong baseline of defensive effort — limiting the Wizards to four second-chance points, 23.8% shooting from three-point range and only a single fastbreak point. Hibbert finished with two blocks and earned the spotlight alone on the podium in the postgame, but knew he had help getting there. "My teammates were great," Hibbert said. "They had a lot of trust and I appreciate those guys a lot. In spite of whatever ups and downs I have, they always have my back. "I just want to string some new games together. Consistency hasn't been my biggest friend this year, so I'm going to try to continue to play aggressive. I'm going to try to control the things that I can control. I can't control play calls. I can control how hard I play, how fast I run down the court, how I play defense and just try to be a team player." USA Today Sports

Hibbert didn't celebrate his redemption. Nor did he fire back at his growing army of critics. Actually, for a guy who's had his share of controversial postgame quotes, he was as bland as could be. “I just haven’t been aggressive as I should’ve been in the past and you have to look within yourself to make things happen,” he said to explain the outburst that had occurred on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court. “I felt that I put a lot of pressure on myself to get going and I don’t want to get into to excuses. I think I was making a lot of excuses throughout the second half of the season and during the playoffs. I’m excited to take it into my own hands and change it around.” NBA.com

Hibbert had complained about not having a greater role in the offense earlier in the season, but sounded like a reformed man on Wednesday. No “selfish dudes” in this game. His current stance is that it's up to him to establish position near the basket and make it possible for teammates to get him the ball where he can score. And if it doesn't happen, that's OK, too. “When they try to get the ball in to me sometimes, it takes a lot of time out of the shot clock to get (a shot),” he said. “Coach (Frank Vogel) and myself talked at great length after the last game. I was in his office for like an hour. We chit-chatted and I told him, ‘I don’t really need plays called for me. I’ll just defend on one end and rebound, block shots, and then I’ll try to be the first big down the court before the defense settles to be able to make a move. I'll let the other guys get most of the plays called, but I’m fine just trying to work. I'm adjusting to that more as opposed to wanting a play called for myself.” NBA.com

May 7, 2014 Updates

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