Grant Hill has agreed in principal to a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns, after considering the Pistons, Heat, Mavericks and Spurs. The contract will pay Hill $1.8 million this season and up to $2.0 million for the next one if Hill decides to exercise the player option.
“Obviously money wasn’t the biggest factor here,” Lon Babby, Hill’s agent said. “He had offers for a lot more money. Grant wants a chance to win a championship and he wanted to go to a place that would give him a chance to contribute. Phoenix was the perfect fit.”
Hill leaves Orlando after six injury-plagued seasons where he never played more than 67 games and never averaged more than 20 points per contest. After signing a six-year, $93 million contract, the same contract that Tracy McGrady signed with the team when he moved from Toronto, Hill never got much going offensively or defensively because of chronically injured ankles. He was once one of the most dynamic players in the league, even becoming the high vote-getter for the mid-season All-Star game.
The 35-year old will have a reduced role with Phoenix than he previously played, as most of the offensive scoring comes from Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion. The Suns are still in talks with Minnesota in an effort to trade for Kevin Garnett, but at this point nothing has been agreed to.
The former Duke standout has career averages of 20.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists.