May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts after game five against the Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucks Once Interested in Roy Hibbert

It isn’t clear from the writing exactly when the Milwaukee Bucks tried to contact that Pacers about Roy Hibbert — sounds like not recently — but they apparently once did just that, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

Take this one with a huge grain of salt.

But apparently, Milwaukee got the idea that swapping Hibbert for their center Larry Sanders might interest Indiana’s front office.

In the days leading up to the draft in June, rumors circulated that the Bucks were seriously shopping beleaguered veteran center Larry Sanders.

A report recently surfaced the Bucks had offered Sanders to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a package deal that would have brought veteran center Brook Lopez to Milwaukee. Brooklyn reportedly rejected the offer.

I was told by an NBA official that the Bucks also had discussions with Indiana and were interested in acquiring veteran Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who hasn’t performed up to his lofty contract. Hibbert’s contract calls for him to earn $14.89 million next season. He then has a player-option the following season for $15.51M.

The salaries do line up and there is an element of “your problem for ours?” to this.

Still it sounds like something that happened in the past, and that hasn’t gone any further. Lots of executives talk to lots of other executives about lots of things.

We only mention it since the idea that Indiana is open to trading Hibbert has surfaced over the past week, and now we know that there is at least two teams that have exhibited interest: The Bucks and the Trail Blazers, which originally signed Hibbert to an offer sheet for his current deal in 2012 that the Pacers matched to retain the big guy.

Even as bad as he played in the playoffs, there has to be more of a market for Hibbert. But these are the only two teams we know about in any reported fashion, and the Trail Blazers are in a much different position now than they were when they originally wanted to sign Roy.

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