13 San Antonio Spurs potential free agent targets with ties to Gregg Popovich
By Tyler Watts
3. George Hill
The Spurs drafted Hill in the first round in 2008, and he quickly became one of the best backup point guards in the league. He spent three seasons in the Silver and Black before being traded on draft night in 2011 to the Indiana Pacers for Kawhi Leonard. Hill became a starter in Indiana, and the Spurs got a wing prospect that turned into a superstar. Despite the messy divorce, this was one of the all-time great moves by Gregg Popovich and the Spurs front office.
In a Bleacher Report article by Jonathan Abrams from 2017, coach Pop had this to say about Hill.
"He was one of my favorite players. He was important to us, but we needed to get bigger. … So in the end, we said we’re going to roll the bones and we’re going to do it, but I can’t tell that at that point we knew that Kawhi was going to be what he is today. That would be an exaggeration."
Hill has played for seven different teams since leaving the Spurs in 2011, and he just finished his 15th season in the NBA. The veteran guard can still run an offense and space the floor, but the 37-year-old is best suited for an end-of-the-bench type role at this point in his career.
Could the San Antonio Spurs bring him back to mentor point guard Tre Jones and improve the ball-handling and playmaking across the roster? Would the veteran be interested in a reunion or does he chase a ring if he decides to return this offseason? It is something to watch.