The San Antonio Spurs and George Hill could connect for the second time this offseason.
In 2011, the San Antonio Spurs made a draft-day trade that shaped the franchise’s future. They traded point guard George Hill — who once looked like the future at the position — to the Indiana Pacers, bringing back the No. 15 and 42 picks in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Spurs selected Kawhi Leonard and Davis Bertans, respectively, with those picks.
Well, after six years apart, the Spurs and Hill could come back together this offseason. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reported that both sides have mutual interest in a reunion. The organization has yet to contact the former IUPUI star, but are expected to do so on July 1.
Hill has long desired to reunite with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich since 2013, when he re-signed with the Pacers, who traded him to the Utah Jazz last summer. Hill still maintains a residence in San Antonio, and frequently works out at the team’s practice site when in town.
After the 2011 deal, Hill spent five seasons with the Pacers. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 319 games played. The Utah Jazz then traded for Hill in the 2016 offseason, where he spent the past year as the starting point guard.
With the Jazz, Hill put up the best scoring average of his career (16.9 points) and second-highest shooting percentage (47 percent). Injuries hampered him, though, only playing 49 games. This was an issue in two of Hill’s years in Indiana, too.
As for the fit in San Antonio, the point guard position doesn’t have a clear-cut starter. Dejounte Murray remains and Derrick White was selected on Thursday night, but it’s no guarantee Gregg Popovich plays either as the full-time starter. Even if he chooses to utilize one of them in that role, Hill can still play at either guard position and be somewhat of a sixth man.
A reunion between the Spurs and Hill is possible. Will it happen?