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Report: Pacers decide not to exercise Solomon Hill's fourth-year player option

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Buried in the team's playing rotation behind Chase Budinger and Glen Robinson III, the Pacers have decided to let Solomon Hill test free agency next summer.

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Indiana's first-round pick in the 2013 draft is set to become a free agent next July, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The former Arizona Wildcat led Indiana in total minutes played last season, but has since been replaced in the team's preseason rotation by new acquisitions Glen Robinson III and Chase Budinger following his less than impressive stint at the Orlando Pro Summer League, where he averaged just 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds over three games.

Though arguably one of the team's most versatile defenders, the team's new emphasis on pace and space has led head coach Frank Vogel to opt for Budinger over Hill at the backup small forward position. Thus far, Budinger has knocked down 42.9% of his shots from beyond the arc, whereas the third-year Pacer knocked down just 32.9% of his tries during the 2014-15 season.

Should Hill manage to successfully work his way back into the team's playing rotation as the Pacers look to solve their defensive woes, then it would not be entirely outside the realm of possibility for Indiana to look to re-sign him next summer. However, if the Pacers are later persuaded to hold onto him, they can not offer him more in free agency than the $2.3 million price tag of the option they declined.

Hill has averaged 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 39.8% shooting over his career with the Indiana Pacers.