At the end of the first round of the NBA Draft, Roy Hibbert announced his intentions for the final season of his max contract, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland, opting in, making him set to earn $15.5 million.
Roy Hibbert is opting in to the final year of his contract, source tells Grantland— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 26, 2015
With the decision from Hibbert official, the Pacers are expected to explore trade opportunities for the big man after relations soured following comments from Larry Bird and Frank Vogel at the end of the season.
Sources say that the Pacers will now try to move Roy Hibbert after Hibbert sent in paperwork to opt into final year of his current contract— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2015
The Pacers also drafted Texas freshman Myles Turner with their first round pick, leaving considerable doubt about Hibbert's place with the Pacers, regardless of whether he opted in or not. Hibbert averaged 10.7 points per game, his lowest since his rooking season, shooting 44.6% and grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game.
With Indiana decimated by injuries early in the season, the Pacers did not see an improvement in play from Hibbert, who since the halfway point of the 2013-14 season has been a shell of his All-Star form, when he was front runner for Defensive Player of the Year.
Whether Indiana finds a trade partner remains to be seen, but while Hibbert's decision to opt in will keep Indiana from opening up a plethora of cap room, it doesn't appear he'll remain a part of Indiana's long or short term plans.