NBA Rumors: Which Team Will Take a Chance on Veteran Grant Hill?
Grant Hill is still chugging along the ole’ train tracks. He was rejuvenated playing with Steve Nash in Phoenix and can clearly play a few more seasons in the Association. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that he will be back with the Suns, which means he’ll be looking elsewhere for employment.
“’You definitely want to win, especially when you see somebody you are kind of linked to and somebody you have known for many years get there,’ Hill said last week. ‘I don’t have too many more years left, so we have to wait and see. But it would be nice to do what [Jason Kidd] was able to do this past season,’” according to Gary Washburn of Boston.com.
He will not garner a ton of interest, but there is a few teams that can benefit from his services—perhaps none more than New York.
The Knicks desperately need another veteran presence on this team, especially one with the defensive prowess of Hill. A former athletic stud, Hill has been forced to shift his game due to a myriad of injuries crippling his athleticism over the years.
If the Knicks were granted the opportunity, they need to scoop him up once the lockout is lifted. He excels in the up tempo system, which Mike D’Antoni employs in New York. Last year with Phoenix, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, .8 steals and shot 48.4 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from downtown.
He would be warmly welcomed in New York as he can be another leader in the locker room and a stellar role player. With Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks need players who are willing to accept their roles on both sides of the court and not demand shot opportunities. Hill is the consummate professional and will accelerate the team’s progression towards a Championship.
The Knicks need capable pieces for their Championship pursuit, but also do not want to cripple their salary relief for the summer of Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Hill would surely accept a one-year contract and the chance to play in the Big Apple should sweeten the pot.
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