Grant Hill has expressed how even though he is 38 and a free agent, he wants to play again once the lockout is over. This could end up being a huge factor for a contender next May and June, or whenever the NBA season is back.
Hill has played exceptionally well in his time in Phoenix, and while he has enjoyed his time in the desert and the franchise would most likely love him to come back, it is time for him to move on to a contender. Hill should become a relatively hot free agent this offseason for a variety of reasons.
He is a solid role player that can fill a variety of different roles for a contender. He can use his athletic ability to get out on fast breaks and fill the lanes, or he can be a quality defender and guard the other team's best player. His versatility and durability is what sets him apart from most free agents on the market.
While all the skills and versatility Grant Hill brings to the floor are great, perhaps his greatest contribution to a contender would be the intangibles he brings with him. He is the consummate professional and could play a key role in helping younger players develop into their own in a mature manner. He also is not worried about his role with the team. He is a veteran who simply wants to win. His role with the Suns would change from night to night depending on who the opponent was and what the team needed him to do. He never complained about this and just showed up and did his job. He was there to put up Ws, not compile statistics.
But to a franchise looking to bring him in, the most intriguing aspect of Grant Hill is that he would add all this to your team for cheap. The last few years with the Suns, Hill has played for the veteran minimum. He feels he has earned enough money in his career with previous giant contracts and endorsements that he does not want hold back teams from building with other pieces in addition to himself.
This is a list of the top 5 contenders in the league that need to make a play to get Hill on their roster next year.