NBA rumors: Hawks guarantee Solomon Hill's contract for the rest of the season

Shams Charania: The Atlanta Hawks have decided to guarantee veteran forward Solomon Hill’s $2.1M salary for the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Hill was on a non-guaranteed deal, but has played in all 14 games, averaged five points and 34.5 percent 3-point shooting.

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Sarah K. Spencer: Can confirm the Hawks are guaranteeing Solomon Hill's $2.1M salary for the season. Hill has become a vocal leader on the team, in a short amount of time. @Shams Charania first
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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