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Larry Bird: Hibbert to 'Have Lesser Role'
Friday, April 17
Speaking to reporters about the season, per Phillip B. Wilson of Scout.com, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird didn't mince words about what role Hibbert will play for the team if he returns next season:
ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes Bird could be trying to push Hibbert to opt out.
It will be interesting to see what Hibbert decides to do about his contract. He's got a $15.5 million player option for next season (h/t Spotrac) and would seem inclined to exercise it, since it would be a shock to see a team offer him anything close to that.
However, given the erratic way Hibbert's career has unfolded in Indiana, the 28-year-old may want a fresh start. He averaged just 10.6 points per game in 2014-15, his lowest total since he was a rookie, and continues to shoot a low percentage (44.6) for a 7'2" post player.
The Pacers have to think of what's in the best interest of their team, while Hibbert has to do the same for himself. It's not a comfortable situation for either side, but that's the nature of the business.