NBA Free Agency: Pacers Will Reportedly Match Blazers' Offer for Roy Hibbert

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NBA Free Agency: Pacers Will Reportedly Match Blazers' Offer for Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers are reportedly going to match the Portland Trail Blazers' offer for All-Star center Roy Hibbert.

According to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, the Pacers are preparing to pay the big man $58 million over the next four years.

$14.5 million per season is a bargain for someone with Hibbert’s talent and size. Considering his improvement over the past four seasons, this is an extremely reasonable offer.

The 7’2”, 260-pound behemoth put up 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 assists while starting 65 regular season games for the third-best team in the Eastern Conference.

To put this in perspective, infamous draft bust Kwame Brown received a whopping $7 million from the Golden State Warriors to play off the bench this past season before being injured and subsequently traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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There is an undeniable premium on size in the NBA, which makes a skilled big like Hibbert worth every penny. He is able to protect the rim, pull down boards, swat shots and continues to hone his low-post game.

While the former Georgetown standout may never be able to carry Indiana offensively, the production he provides at the center spot are a steal for $14.5 million per year. 

Hibbert is only going to get better with more time on the court, and the Pacers have a better chance to contend by keeping their core together. One of the few things that the top teams in the league generally do not have is a dominant center, and Hibbert has shown signs of becoming one in recent years. 

Should he eventually make a leap and solidify his status as a perennial All-Star, Indiana could become a dark horse NBA Finals contender. That $58 million contract will look awfully cheap if Hibbert helps lead the Pacers through East. 

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