Roy Hibbert Will Remain a Pacer


There has been much speculation as to whether or not the Pacers would match Portland’s max offer to Roy Hibbert. Speculate no further. The big fella is staying in Indiana, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers are matching Portland’s 4-year, $58 million offer to Roy Hibbert, according to a source

There is a little confusion perhaps on whether or not the Pacers are technically “matching” anything, however.

Wells is reporting that Hibbert is already in Portland and will sign the offer sheet as soon as possible (which would be 12:01 am on July 11). If that’s the case, the Pacers would match that 4-year/$58.4 million deal and retain Roy under restricted free agency rules. By contrast, NBA reporter David Aldridge says that the Pacers instead are just going to sign Hibbert outright to a deal of the exact same terms.

Indy, per source, will give Hibbert the same terms that Portland was ready to give in offer sheet, & so won’t technically “match” the sheet.

If true, this makes some sense — especially for the Pacers but also for Hibbert somewhat.

Let’s start with Roy. He has obviously become a huge fan favorite what with the creation of his Area 55 cheering section in The Fieldhouse, his gentle giant persona and his cameos on Parks and Recreation. If he just signs with Indiana directly instead of going through the charade of pretending he might end up in Portland, it saves a few headlines saying that he preferred to play for the Blazers. The stipulations governing restricted free agency aren’t exactly rocket science but some casual fans don’t really pay attention to them so him signing Portland’s offer sheet first could create some minor confusion among a fanbase that generally adores him. It wouldn’t be anything serious and would be entirely forgotten within a week, but David Falk — Hibbert’s agent — is a savvy guy who may want to avoid any possible negative press about his client. And if it’s all a technicality anyway, perhaps just sign with Indiana and cut out the middleman.

As for the Pacers, the timing of when they actually ink Hibbert and George Hill to a new deal matters. Until they actually sign them, they have a significant amount of room (roughly $10 million) left under the salary cap to sign another contributor. Once they re-sign those two, almost all of that room disappears. They may have no intention of spending much else after re-signing these two, but the longer they wait, the more flexibility they do have if another player they like becomes available at a price point they’re comfortable. Then again, obviously Hibbert and Hill’s agents don’t want to just sit around twiddling their thumbs all week while their clients’ financial futures hang in the balance of a handshake agreement. They’re going to want to get it on paper sooner rather than later, but since their clients also presumably have a vested interest in helping Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard make this roster better, perhaps they will give them a few extra days.

Or not. You can’t really fault or praise anyone involved either way.

This is mostly semantics. however.

The biggest question — literally and figuratively — of the Pacers offseason has been answered: Roy Hibbert isn’t going anywhere.

UPDATE: With the moratorium over and the official NBA audit done, it looks like the max, four-year deal for players of Roy’s tenure has changed slightly. Aldridge is now reporting that Hibbert, like Brook Lopez, will get $60.8 million over four years.

Deal is $60.8M/4 yrs. Bobcats had committed to offer sheet; Nets gave Lopez similar contract to avoid having to match. Same as Indy/Hibbert.

This doesn’t materially change much obviously, but, if correct, does mean the big fella is taking home roughly an extra $500k per season.

Tags: Pacers Match Offer Sheet

  • Macho Man Randy

    Finally, I have seriously been on ESPN hitting “refresh” every ten minutes since I found out that the Blazers planned to sign him!

  • Sam

    Its finally over.
    Not a good situation for the Pacers, but the necessary decision was made

    It’s good to have BIG ROY back!

  • Realist

    YOU HAVE CHOSEN…. WISELY

  • Jack

    BEAT THE HEAT BABY!!!

  • dwain

    dang…now Howard is out of reach….wb Roy!

  • Tom

    I’m not thrilled with the price tag, but overall this was a must. I’m not really “happy,” but I’m certainly relieved.

  • Pervis

    Nooooooooooo!!!!!! I mean, I love Hibbert, but c’mon! Are we really going to make Roy Hibbert and his 11pts and 8rbs THE face of the franchise? The focal point? He’s our Kevin Durant, our Derrick Rose, our Labron James? Really???!!!

  • gregor t.

    If Roy Hibbert continues to average a double-double in the playoffs, especially against the Heat, he will be well worth the money he is about to receive. Just for context, the Clippers pay their Center DeAndre Jordan 10.5mil per year. I believe his career stats are 6pts-6rbs, and 4.5pts-5rbs in the playoffs.

  • Pervis

    DeAndre Jordan is 10pts and 11rbs per 36 though. Don’t take it out of context gregor t.

  • gregor t.

    My only point was DJordan makes 10.5mil for the Clip and he didn’t produce in the playoffs. Not one double-double, which Hibbert did. For Pacer fans that don’t like Hibbert’s new contract, all i am saying is: It could be worse!

  • Sam

    STOP QUOTING STATS!

    Hibbert has meant more (and will mean more) to us than 12 pts & 8 rbds

  • little B

    Hip Hip HiROOOYY!!! Right decision by the Pacers.

    @ Sam I kind of agree with this.
    Stats give you an outline of the story but not all of the facts. Stats get skewed on a TEAM like the Pacers. Stats are spread out. Most teams don’t have 2 bigs guards like the Pacers that collect some rebounds that normally a center would. Pacers don’t play a high tempo game so if someone wanted to show me a stat of rebounds/pts by possession I believe that would be more truthful. Also Roy likes to go out and defend people. That usually moves you away from the basket and out of place to get rebounds.
    Foster was exactly the opposite of this. Couldn’t defend or score very well so his only job was to rebound. On defense he pretty much let people shoot and just got in great position to get the rebound. On offense he just lurked around the rim and waited for the defense to shift and he would sneak in and get position for a rebound. Foster did his role well, but Hibbert can do alot more than that on the offense and defensive side of the ball. His rebounds numbers are less but if you broke down play by play of what Roy does for this team and how he effects each play.
    His price tag isn’t bad. It looks like Roy’s contracts are following the lines of Andrew Bynum’s.

  • Peter

    Question: Are there any rumors that Hibbert’s contract will be upgraded to a 5 year contract?

  • Ronal Eugene is Right!!

    I’ve heard rumors of a 5th year team option.

  • Ian

    If Roy improves just a bit more next season (say, gets up to about 15 and 9 with similar efficiency) and stays at that level for the length of the contract, then this is an easy win for the Pacers because of his defensive value and leadership qualities. Remember Vogel kept starter’s minutes very low last season because of the condensed schedule. Roy only played 30 mpg. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable goal, and he could even top that.

  • Mike 2

    Glad that’s over, now go earn that money Roy!!!!

  • PG

    Ian, you’re missing out on the fact that Roy CAN’T play too many more minutes because of his poor athleticism, awkward form and limited endurance. He has never averaged over 30 minutes per game for a season. In last year’s playoffs in 11 games, he only played 34 or more minutes one time. He’s simply unable to play that much, even when high stakes are on the line. If Hibbert could play 35 minutes every night and maybe up it to 37 in the playoffs (even in an 82 game season) I would be 100% gung ho in favor of the re-signing. As it is now, I think it’s one re-signing the Pacers had to make but can’t necessarily feel too good about.

  • Mike

    PG – Also remember that this was really the first “season” after he started his MMA training and lost all that weight and put on muscle. Combined with the very shortened schedule with many b2b and b2b2b stretches, it’s pretty clear to me that he is capable of playing more. I think he can settle in at 32-34 this season. You are never going to see a guy like him playing 38-40 min a game. That’s a stretch for even guys like Granger who have only averaged 34-35 mpg. Smits only played 23-30 minutes (only twice) per game in his career. 7-2 centers don’t avg. 35 mpg. in today’s NBA. Also, he’s increased his pt by 2 mpg each of the last three seasons. So, jim obrien, little out of shape, foul trouble, etc… all those things are changing and like i said earlier, 32-34 mpg is not out of reach this coming season.

  • gus chiggins

    BIG FACKIN ROY!!!!

  • gregor t.

    OK, Sam. I hear ya. Just bear with me for one more stat. Roy Hibbert is 25. The game of basketball has changed, on all levels, and not in favor of big men. The progression of true centers always takes time, especially these days. Roy Hibbert has stayed healthy and improved his game every year since his days at G’Town. He is still improving. I love him as a Pacer. I think his contract is deserved. I believe he will be an All-Star several more times. I hope he can be a Pacer for life. Hibbert’s best days are ahead of him, and so are the Pacers’.

  • PG

    Mike – if Hibbert hits 34 mpg then I think that’s much closer to justifying this contract. However I think you’re a little off when you say 7’2″ centers don’t average 35 mpg in today’s NBA. Marc Gasol is only an inch shorter (7’1″) and 5 pounds heavier according to NBA.com and he averaged 36.5 mpg in the regular season last year and 37.3 mpg in the playoffs. I think the height and weight differences between the two are basically negligible, but if the Pacers are giving Hibbert a contract that is virtually identical to Gasol (actually slightly more) then he’s gotta have close to the same court time. Yao Ming was carrying around way more weight (310 lbs!) and still averaged 32.5 mpg for his career and never less than 30 outside of his rookie season and his last injured year.

  • gregor t.

    Why would 4 more minutes per game justify Hibberts contract?

  • gregor t.

    And why would you even bring up Yao Ming. His career was ended at 30 from injuries.

  • jk31

    fyi brook lopez will receive max too…i’ll take big roy!

  • Mike

    Marc Gasol may just be more athletic. Not every person is built the exact same either. Just because someone is the same height and weighs nearly the same, doesn’t mean they should have the exact same physical capabilities. Also, maybe it’s the way their rotations work. You gotta think about the years he’s played too. First year – rookie, second -obrien, third – obrien, fourth – shortened season.

  • PG

    How would 4 more mpg justify his contract? gregor t. – Are you serious? It would mean 4 more minutes of Roy’s tremendous plus/minus stats and 4 less minutes of Lou or Plumlee. Over the course of the whole season that is a huge impact.

    Yao is applicable because of the size comparisons. And maybe Gasol is built differently, all I’m saying is that it is easier to justify paying that much to a big man if they’re on the court more. I’m not sure why this is such a difficult concept for some to grasp.

    Mike, again, I hope you’re right when you guess that Roy will average 32-34 mpg. I think 34 mpg should be expected for a max contract player, regardless of what position they’re playing.

  • Jack

    I wouldv’e been ticked if we had given him the max offer if it weren’t for what I saw to be a drastic improvement in his game in the last 20% of the season, including the playoffs. He went from being what I saw as expendable, to what I see him now as: A crucial asset to our team, and a player that will only continue to improve over the coming seasons. If we want to compete for a championship in the next few years (which we have the talent to do), we need him on our team, no doubt. mpg stats be damned

  • Mike

    PG – I agree I’d like to see him on the court more with this new contract, but attributing the fact that he’s played between 28-30 mpg the last three seasons because he’s unathletic and out of shape is pretty pessimistic at best. There are many other factors that go into a player’s PT.

  • PG

    Mike – I apologize if I wasn’t clear, but I wasn’t necessarily attributing Hibbert’s limited mpg to his being out of shape or unathletic. The truth is that there are probably multiple reasons why his minutes have been limited (some combination of those you stated above, along with others). My point is, that there hasn’t been any evidence that he definitely CAN play more minutes without a significant drop off in the quality of his play. If he can play more, then that’s great, he’ll be doing that much more to justify his contract. But if he can’t, then the Pacers still need a credible offensive and defensive center as his backup to play nearly 20 mpg and step in as a starter if Hibbert gets hurt. If you only need that backup for 13-14 mpg, then I wouldn’t be nearly as concerned about the Pacer’s front court and probably wouldn’t be as annoyed with the Plumlee pick.

  • gregor t.

    I guess what i was thinking was, if the Pacers can keep Hibbert’s minutes down around 30mpg during the regular season he would be better fit to play 36-38mpg, or more, in the playoffs. All the Pacers starters had a +/- advantage against the Heat starters. They all need to play more minutes in the playoffs if the Pacers want advance past the 2nd round. The Pacers bench was solid in the regular season, but in the playoffs, outside of Collison, they struggled. The Pacers starters should all prep themselves for 40 mpg if they want to win the East. Let the bench grind during the season. Let the starters grind in the playoffs.

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