One of the top priorities for the Indiana Pacers this off-season is re-signing Roy Hibbert. Hibbert is coming off his best season so far in his career, reaching the All-Star Game and showing he can be an anchor of the starting lineup on both ends of the floor. To ensure he remains in Indiana, the Pacers’ front office may be willing to overpay Hibbert a bit — and it looks like the Mavericks may be force them to do exactly that.
For Dallas, their Plan A is to try to sign hometown-native Deron Williams, who will certainly opt-out of his contract with the Nets and may leave some money on the table by not re-signing in Brooklyn. If Dallas is unable to get him, then they go to Plan B.
According to Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com (via Pro Basketball Talk), Plan B is going after Hibbert. who is a restricted free agent. The Mavericks may be willing to pay Hibbert a lot, but since Roy is a restricted free agent, Indiana can match any offer if they wish. Presumably, the Pacers will match even up to the four-year max deal (of roughly $55 million) that Dallas can offer Hibbert under the CBA.
So no matter what the Mavericks do, there’s a good chance of Hibbert staying. It just might cost Indiana a little more.