Roy Hibbert: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Pacers Star's Future

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

USA Today

Roy Hibbert's tenure with the Indiana Pacers has hit a rough patch dating back to last year's playoffs. His future has justifiably become more cloudy as a result. 

Continue for updates. 

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:

Phillip B Wilson @pwilson24

Always appreciate candor of #Pacers president Larry Bird. He said Roy Hibbert didn’t play well, will have lesser role if back next year.

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.

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