I appreciate offseason rosterbation as much as the next guy, but I think people are too focused on trading Hill. He's not the sexiest offensive point guard, but I think he brings other things to the table that are more valuable to the pacers than what we will get in return on the trade market:
1. Defense/Size - The pacers' competitive advantage in the league is being able to match bigger, taller players at almost every position. Hill not only has good lateral quickness to prevent penetration like other elite defensive points, but also has the size to disrupt post entry passes and switch on to 2-guards and 3s in emergency situations. (erase those memories of lebron destroying hill in the playoffs. he's a freak of nature. That is the exception not the rule) This is a unique combination. Even defensive superstar point guards like Rondo and Conley don't measure up to Hill in this regard.
2. 3-Point Shooting - Hill effectively streches the floor, and has demonstrated that he can take 3s with confidnece in the playoffs. If we were to trade for someone like Rondo, our 2-guard would have to be an elite 3-point shooter to cover up for his weaknesses. This means that Lance would have to improve a lot on his 3P% or we'd have to trade him for a true 3&D 2-guard with a modest contract like Matt Barnes
. Even still, opposing Ds would sag off into the paint and disropt Roy and West more.
3. Good locker room presence/chemistry - This brings me to my last point. If it ain't broke, dont' fix it. Out starting line up was among tops in the league in offensive an defensive poitns per position last year. We came within about 2 seconds of winning 4 games against the eventual champs. We know we can roll out a legitimate contender next year. There is no garuntee that "upgrading" the point guard position will yield anything better than that.
Rondo is a superstar tallent that is worth considering, but he makes $12 mil next year, $13 mil the year after that. He will likely be a max player in 2015. That and his offensive limitations would necesitate several other roster moves. You could end up with something better, but you're taking a big risk. I look at it this way: we've got a 19 or 20 in blackjack. Do you really want to hit?