Grant Hill is one of the more talented veterans currently available through free agency and the 39-year old is reportedly getting closer to signing with a team. While Hill has been linked to various clubs around the league, this report from J.A. Adande indicates it is a two-team race right now:
Free agent Grant Hill is expected to choose a team this afternoon, according to a league source. The source said Hill will decide between the team where he has played the past four years, the Phoenix Suns, and a newly emerged contender: the San Antonio Spurs.
One thing the source ruled out: "It won't be New York."
The deciding factor in the negotiations could be the length of a contract the Suns and Spurs are willing to offer. According to the report, Phoenix is unwilling to give Hill a two-year deal, while the Spurs have recently indicated they will indeed give the veteran forward the second year he desires. Should San Antonio sign Hill, many believe the team will waive Richard Jefferson, who is owed $30 million dollars in the next three years.
Hill spoke with Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic about the situation:
"It has not been an easy thing," Hill said of negotiations, which have included meetings with Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, his former agent, in each of the past two days. "I've got to make sure I'm comfortable with whatever decision it may be. I'm not comfortable right now."
The Suns have reportedly offered Hill a one-year deal worth $5.5 million while the Spurs were offering a two-year deal of an unknown amount and the Clippers offered $8 million before they went a different direction and agreed to a deal with Caron Butler. It's not clear what the Bulls or Knicks are able to offer.
Regardless of which team Hill signs with, fans can expect the deal to be completed in the very near future with training camp beginning this weekend.
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