Sources: Lance Stephenson accepts 3 yr, $27 million deal with Charlotte
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 16, 2014
If I am Denver Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly, the second I see that tweet from Chris Broussard about Lance Stephenson, I am on the phone with the Indiana Pacers. The time is now to wrangle Roy Hibbert out of Indiana.
@StephensonLance Damn bro gonna miss having you around. One of the funniest teammates I've ever had. Dinner on you when we come to Char!
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) July 16, 2014
Roy Hibbert was the fan and media scapegoat for many of Indiana’s failures during the stretch run of the season and the playoffs. The recipe has been pre-made for the classic cliché “a change of scenery would do him good“.
In return for the services of Mr. Hibbert, the Nuggets can offer the enigma that is JaVale McGee and displaced starter Randy Foye.
Yes, I understand Roy Hibbert has an opt out clause in his contract that he can kick in after next season. I’m completely okay with that and am somewhat hoping he does choose to opt out of his 15.5 million dollar final contract year. Why? If Hibbert opts out, that means he feels he can make more money somewhere else. The only way Hibbert gets a bigger contract is by having a great year.
If he does not opt out, I am just as okay with him playing two years in Denver. Reasoning is simple, Hibbert is steadier than JaVale McGee both on and off the court. Whether it’s Hibbert and Mozgov grooming 16th overall draft pick Jusuf Nurkic for 1 or 2 years, Hibbert fits coach Brian Shaw’s system better JaVale McGee. Last I checked, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Finals with a team concept which did not include forcing a square peg (McGee) into a round hole (Shaw’s offense).
I also understand that Roy Hibbert finished tied for 21st in the NBA in rebounding (6.6 per game) for Centers just had ahead of Timmy Mozgov (6.4 per game). Why is that a big deal since the Nuggets have this guy named Kenneth Faried collecting rebounds? The overall upgrade to Denver’s defense created by the mere presence of Hibbert counteracts the notion that Hibbert is not a double-double machine.
Why would Indiana take McGee and Foye for Hibbert? Hibbert is playing at his peak, McGee’s peak is yet to be fully reached. In respect to Randy Foye, the Indiana Pacers should take a lesson from their nemesis LeBron James. Wherever LeBron goes, he brings shooters. Randy Foye is one of the top three point shooters in the league.