INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 08: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers reacts to a late fourth quarter basket by Leandro Barbosa #28 along with David West #21 while playing the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana won the game 105-87 to to win the series 3-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
According to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, the Indiana Pacers will make their pitch to Roy Hibbert right when free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET. The Pacers would like to sign Hibbert right away to avoid matching a max contract from another team but they'll probably have to wait.
Here's the tweet below from Wells:
Pacers officials will make their pitch to RFA Roy Hibbert about 60 min from now. They'll meet w George Hill when he returns from vacation— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) July 1, 2012
This is a very good sign for the Pacers as this should be a very quick handshake deal, hopefully. With his playoff performance, Roy will probably want around 13 million a year over five years. That's five years, 65 million. Hibbert is a true building block Indiana can't let leave. He might be the most important big man for the Pacers ever. We could possibly know if we have reached a contract extension with Hibbert soon after free agency opens.
On the matter of George Hill, the Pacers might not have to wait until he gets back from vacation. The Pacers are making a plea to Steve Nash to Indiana which could change Hill's status and leverage with the team. If Nash says no though, the Pacers will really need Hill to sign on the line after his vacation.
Let's hope for the best with this upcoming meeting with Hibbert under an hour from now.