Clippers Interested in Veteran SF Grant Hill

Mar 21, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Phoenix Suns small forward Grant Hill (33) during the first quarter at Amway Center. The Orlando Magic defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-93. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE


According to Broderick Turner of the LA Times, Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro met with 39 year old Grant Hill on Sunday in Las Vegas regarding playing for the Clippers next season.

Hill, a 17 year veteran SF from Duke, played the last five seasons in Phoenix with the Suns, and previously made six year stops in Detroit and Orlando.

Grant won the Rookie of the Year award in 1995, when he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5 assists a game to go along with 1.8 steals and .9 blocks. In 2000, Hill's best season, he averaged nearly 25 points a game. However, he missed significant time in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006, and missed the entire 2004 season with a series of major injuries that derailed a career that, at the time, seemed destined for greatness.

In Phoenix, Hill didn't miss many games, playing 80 or more three times while there.

The Clippers could potentially acquire Hill using their Bi-Annual Exception, but he easily demands more on the Free Agency Market. Likely, Hill would re-sign with Phoenix for somewhere in the range of four million, and then be traded for Clippers SF Ryan Gomes and a future pick.

Hill would back up current SF Caron Butler. The defensive presence of the 6'8" forward would greatly help the Clippers woes on that end of the court.

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