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With Dragic, Crowder and Leonard the more likely priorities in terms of re-signing, Hill isn’t likely to stay. He appeared in six games before the shutdown, averaging 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He was utilized mainly after Heat coach Erik Spoelstra needed to reach deeper into the bench with Butler and Crowder hurt. Hill probably can find a better offer from a team that can provide him more minutes off the bench.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Solomon Hill has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal with New Orleans, league source tells @The Vertical.
Scott Kushner: That deal is guaranteed for #Pelicans, with incentives. Sources say he was a very high target and was one Demps wanted from the beginning.
David Aldridge: Jazz, Grizz and Bulls among teams moving on Pacers’ Solomon Hill, per source. Utah needs potential starter if Hayward leaves next summer.
Solomon Hill begins free agency as a wanted role player who can play and defend multiple positions. He will meet with four teams — and could have more meetings after Friday — who can pay him more than the Pacers. A league source said Solomon Hill, who averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season, is not expected to re-sign.
According to a source, Anderson coming to the Jazz is unlikely. But Hill and Deng are realistic targets, should the Jazz choose that route. Lindsey and the front office are aware of the enormity of next season. Star small forward Gordon Hayward can opt out of his contract at the end of next season — he will almost certainly do so — and become an unrestricted free agent.
Multiple league sources say the interest is mutual between the Hill and the Jazz. But that doesn't mean there wouldn't be obstacles for Utah in its potential pursuit. The market for Hill is "fertile," according to one source, because he is young and can play three positions — power forward, small forward and shooting guard — and that a number of teams plan to chase him once July 1 hits.
Also, Hill won't come cheap. The Tribune has learned that the former Arizona star is seeking anywhere between $9 and $13 million a year, and there are multiple teams willing to meet that number. The money isn't much of a hurdle for the Jazz, though, as they are far under the salary cap floor.
Candace Buckner: Because Bird did not pick up Hill’s option, #Pacers can now only bring him back for $2.35M. Hill has far exceeded that in worth. I wouldn’t be surprised if Solo Hill is a first-week guy in free agency (signs with another team quickly)… he’s done that much for his worth
One GM thinks Solomon Hill's value is 7-9 M per year this summer with increased cap. The small forward certainly increased the market for his services during the Pacers' first-round loss to Toronto. Hill averaged 7.7 points, 4 rebounds in the series & shot 58% from 3. He also had a net rating (points scored per 100 possessions-points allowed per 100 possessions while on the floor) of +8.7.
To make matters worse, the Pacers turned down the fourth year of Hill’s rookie contract. The final year of Hill’s rookie deal would’ve cost the Pacers $2.3 million, a measly figure compared to the expected salary cap hike that will come during the upcoming off-season. In five games in April, Hill is averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals while shooting 57.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent on three-pointers. Hill has three consecutive games with double-digit points after only two games this season with double-digit scoring outputs previously.
The Indiana Pacers have declined the fourth-year option on forward Solomon Hill, league sources told Yahoo Sports, making the 2013 first-round pick a free agent in July. Hill had a team option worth $2.3 million on the final year of his rookie contract.
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Buddy Hield mulling NBA 3-point shootout contest invite

That even goes for Buddy Hield, who has an NBA 3-point shootout title to defend, although he was non-committal about the even. “Do you think I should go defend it?” Hield asked reporters when talking about the event. “I don’t know yet, to be honest, I’ve been having mixed emotions, you know, cover rules and especially I don’t have no time with my family. Just trying to see how the COVID rules and the boundaries are set up. No clear cut yes yet, I’ll just see in the next couple of days.” According to Hield, he received an invitation from the league to join the festivities, but he is still mulling it over.
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“It was a play for me or P.J.,” Monk said. “I told [Ball] to pass it to P, and he was like, nah. I had to make something happen.” Hield, who finished with 30 points, missed a desperation heave from beyond midcourt as time ran out. Earlier Sunday night, he became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career 3-pointers, doing so in his 350th career game. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was the previous fastest at 369 games.
Center DeMarcus Cousins, whose stock is low, is still a free agent after being unceremoniously waived by Houston. “That’s a Leon question,’’ Thibodeau said before the game. “We have more than enough on the roster so we’ll figure out a way. We have guys that can play multiple positions and then we’re going to have to take care of the rebounding, gang rebound. Everyone has to contribute in that area.’’
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“It was individual pride,” Antetokounmpo said of joining teammate Khris Middleton in taking on the Clippers’ All-Star duo of Leonard and Paul George. “It is pride. It is an ego thing. Personally, I love that going down the stretch. “I feel like it’s greatness,” Antetokounmpo added. “When you go against the best in the world down the stretch and you are trying to get a stop and they are trying to score on you to win the game, it’s greatness developing at that moment.”
“As a team, I don’t feel like we’re there yet,” said Leonard, who remains positive about the Clippers building toward where they want to be. “We’re looking to the sideline for plays. I feel like our pace has pretty much slowed down. “You gotta give them credit though. They locked in and tuned in on us, and they got stops when they needed it. So just for us to get better, I feel like we gotta have a better stride, open the floor, just getting down and getting into a play. I felt like we got stagnant a little bit.”
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