George Hill Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Pacers Guard

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Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill is becoming the object of trade conversations as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. 

Continue for updates.


Hill 'Dangled' in Front of Hawks

Tuesday, Feb. 9    

With rumors swirling around the possible revamp of the Atlanta Hawks, point guard Jeff Teague, along with Kyle Korver and Al Horford, is reportedly available, according to ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst

Per Arnovitz and Windhorst, the Pacers "have made inquiries and have dangled" Hill for a possible trade for Teague. 

Hill has been a staple of the Pacers backcourt over the past four seasons, averaging at least 10.3 points and 3.3 assists in that span. 

He doesn't pack the same amount of star power as Teague, who was elected to his first All-Star Game during the 2014-15 season. But the two have put up some similar numbers since their respective arrivals in the league: 

George Hill vs. Jeff Teague Career Comparisons
Hill (2009-2016)StatTeague (2010-2016)
11.3Points Per Game11.9
3.2Assists Per Game5.1
45.1Field-Goal Percentage44.8
37.8Three-Point Percentage35.1
1.3Turnovers Per Game2.2

While Teague has the slight edge in scoring and is a better facilitator in terms of assists, Hill has better ball security. For a Hawks team that ranks sixth in the NBA with 815 turnovers, Teague hasn't done much to help that number with 141 of them. 

Hill, on the other hand, has just 66. 

However it would be confusing for the Hawks to deal Teague for another solid starting point guard. If they do indeed deal Teague, the Hawks have Dennis Schroder— who has shown "potential," per Arnovitz and Windorst—waiting in the wings.

Schroder "emerged last season as a potent, if sometimes erratic weapon off the bench. In addition, the coaching staff admires the 22-year-old's competitive streak, a quality the mellower Teague exhibits more sparingly," they wrote. 

If the Hawks feel that the young guard isn't ready yet to take things over in Atlanta, then the 29-year-old Hill would be a nice option to groom Schroder under. 

 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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