The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly have competition from the New York Knicks for point guard George Hill, who’s set to be a free agent on July 1.
The San Antonio Spurs and George Hill are interested in a reunion, which would see these two sides come together for the first time since 2011. This saw the Spurs trade Hill to the Indiana Pacers, for the rights to Kawhi Leonard and Davis Bertans in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Competition is building for Hill, however, from an old Easter Conference foe. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the New York Knicks have interest in the IUPUI product.
The Knicks aren’t the only team eyeing, Hill. Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune recently noted that the Utah Jazz, Hill’s former team, will try to re-sign incumbent free agents.
OKC's Sam Presti has been talked about internally as a candidate for the Knicks' presidency, per sources; some with NYK like FA George Hill: https://t.co/C4k7PJMp2G
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 29, 2017
Dennis Lindsey said "we're quite confident" in trying to re-sign incumbent free agents. "We'll see if that's well-placed."
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) June 28, 2017
The Jazz pursuit ended, when they traded for Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Spencer Checketts.
The Jazz will send Oklahoma City's 1st round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Rubio.
— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) June 30, 2017
Sam Amick followed up with a new team interested in Hill: the Timberwolves. They have an obvious point guard opening after dealing Kris Dunn, too.
George Hill becomes an option for Minnesota in wake of this Ricky Rubio trade, I'm told. @ZachLowe_NBA notes Jeff Teague a possibility too
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 2017
Hill played for the Jazz last season, coming over in a deal with the Pacers. He had a career-high 16.9 points, shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and had 4.2 assists per game. The latter two stats were the second and third-best numbers, respectively, of Hill’s time in the NBA.
For the past week, the rumor mill has been quiet on Hill and the Spurs. With Chris Paul in Houston, though, maybe things will heat up as NBA free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1.
As Marc Spears of The Undefeated noted, team uncertainty turned Paul away, specifically with LaMarcus Aldridge’s status. Could this be an issue for luring Hill to the Spurs, if Aldridge remains with the team after the former potentially signs?
Everything should develop soon for the Spurs. They’ll have competition for Hill’s services, potentially on a multi-year deal. It may all depend on money and the team’s current situation, including if a deal is struck in the early hours of July 1. Where will he choose to go in free agency?