From Marc Stein’s article “Summer Scoop: Can Indy pick up the pieces,” one section in particular got me very excited:
“What about Roy Hibbert‘s future?
There is said to be some thought on both sides — management and Hibbert’s — that a fresh start would be beneficial for everyone after the big man’s second-half decline.
Hibbert’s camp hasn’t outright asked for a trade, sources say, but word is that it wouldn’t exactly oppose one if the Pacers decide to actively shop their center.
The problem, of course, is that Hibbert has two years on his contract valued at more than $30 million. Not only would it be tough to move him with that much guaranteed money left on his deal, but he also possesses the ability to opt out after next season if he has a big bounce-back year, which could give interest teams additional pause. So, it’s tricky.”
If Roy Hibbert is indeed looking for a fresh start, the Denver Nuggets might be just the team that should give it to him. Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw worked with Roy Hibbert for two years while in Indiana. When it comes to Coach Shaw selling Hibbert to the two levels above him, I see GM Tim Connelly being sold easily on the trade. Brian Shaw will simply map out to our GM all of Roy Hibbert’s strengths and weaknesses and how he had a role in developing the defensive stalwart. It’s President Josh Kroenke that might put the kybosh on any deal before it starts because it would likely involve having to trade away JaVale McGee. From the outside looking in, it seems like Kroenke is one of McGee’s biggest supporters.
Roy Hibbert carries an almost $15 million contract entering 2014-15. JaVale McGee’s contract is just over $11 million next season. With the Denver Nuggets knowing that Kenneth Faried is nearing a huge raise, the team should not make a trade where they take in more salary. Who would be the extra body in the deal to make it happen? While I’m more than willing to give a 26-year old McGee one more year to mature, I would much rather watch 27-year old Roy Hibbert shed his scapegoat coat here in Denver. A Hibbert/Mozgov rotation at center? Please come to Denver Mr. Hibbert!