HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

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I was told by an NBA official that the Bucks also had discussions with Indiana and were interested in acquiring veteran Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who hasn’t performed up to his lofty contract. Hibbert’s contract calls for him to earn $14.89 million next season. He then has a player-option the following season for $15.51M. Racine Journal-Times

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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

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"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

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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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