Roy Hibbert Talks Loyalty Toward Pacers
With all of that in mind, when free agency comes around this summer, (Roy) Hibbert hardly will get the same treatment he got on draft night. As a restricted free agent, he’s expected to command a contract that could be in the range of the maximum.
Hibbert, whose averages of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds this season have steadily risen since he put up 7.1 and 3.4 as a rookie, sure sounds as if he wants to return to Indiana. But even if another team throws down a huge offer sheet, the Pacers would have the option to match it.
“I love Indiana,” Hibbert said when asked about his free agency. “They took a chance on me when they traded Jermaine O’Neal and a couple of other guys to get me with the 17th pick. This is the place that I feel I’m very loyal to.”