NBA Roundtable

Grant Hill Stays In Phoenix

In Free Agency on December 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Paul Coro reports

At 39, Hill still finds a thrill in basketball and he knew that accepting the Suns’ one-year, $6.5 million offer to return was the right move when he felt “excited” after committing Friday.

“Ultimately, it was just liking it here,” Hill said, crediting the Suns’ athletic trainers, teammates, coaches, management and fans.

On Wednesday, the Suns increased their already upgraded offer of $5 million to $6.5 million for Hill, who made $10.1 million over his first four Suns seasons. Nearly half of the league’s teams showed “overwhelming and surprising” interest in Hill but he was believed to be weighing Phoenix, Chicago and New York. He declined to specify finalists other than to dismiss reports about favoring New York.

The Suns made Hill their free-agent priority and backed it by raising the offer to match his market value, which included a two-year offer from San Antonio and a one-year offer for $8 million from the Clippers.

Solid signing for the Suns. A little high price wise but it’s only a one year so it doesn’t really matter.

Grant Hill’s game began to slip last season although the plaudits for his performances showed no sign of that.That said, Hill is still a good role player albeit not the very good to excellent role player he had been in previous seasons with the Suns.

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