What’s left for George Hill?
It’s no secret that the Utah Jazz attempted to re-sign and extend George Hill during the regular season. However, those talks eventually ended without any agreement being put into place resulting in Hill becoming the unrestricted free agent that he is currently. There was heavy speculation that he could receive a major paycheck from a number of teams, three of which included the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, Brooklyn and Philly filled their point guard vacancy early in the offseason by acquiring D’Angelo Russell and Markelle Fultz, respectively. There were still plenty of signs that Minnesota was interested (and perhaps even related to Utah’s interest in Rubio), but on Friday it was reported that former Indiana Pacers point guard Jeff Teague had agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal with the Wolves, shutting Hill off from yet another team.
That doesn’t mean that the market is absolutely closed down for Hill, but it’s certainly trending that direction. The latest reports to surface have indicated that the San Antonio Spurs (Hill’s former team), Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks are targeting the 31-year-old guard.
Regardless of the money, if I were George Hill I would make a return to the Spurs absolutely the priority over joining the dismal Knicks franchise, and view the Nuggets as solid Plan B, but at the end of the day that decision may not entirely be his to make.
The acquisition of Ricky Rubio made it all too clear that Hill is on his way out and depending where he ends up in the coming weeks, one can’t help but wonder if he’ll regret not extending with the Jazz when he had the chance.