Given that Hibbert is one of the true back-to-basket centers in the NBA, this offer makes plenty of sense for a Trailblazers team who have been waiting for a true center for years as the failed “Greg Oden Experiment” has finally drawn to a close due to the former Ohio State star’s constant injury issues.
Hibbert would be a great addition to the Blazers in that star forward LaMarcus Aldridge would no longer feel pressure to bang inside, and focus on posting up in the paint, and could return to a mid-range game, where, over the course of time, he has shown the greatest comfort level and ability to score.
It’s being rumored another yet-to-be-named team has also offered Hibbert a max deal, and the identity of this team will add a new wrinkle to the situation. If it’s a team that could theoretically compete for a championship more quickly than the Blazers, the Pacers may have quite a challenge on their hands to keep the former Georgetown star in the Hoosier State.
As it is, the Pacers will have to match Portland’s offer at a minimum– if not try and find a way to add some incentive to it within the salary cap structure– to keep the All-Star center on board and prevent him from moving on.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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