By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on June 2, 2014
The relationship between the Indiana Pacers and their anchor in the paint, Roy Hibbert, is going astray quickly and after failing to make it out of the Eastern Conference Finals for a second straight season, the Pacers won't be holding on to Hibbert too tightly. With Hibbert available, here are some teams that could use his services and should target him this offseason.
The Cavs again have the No. 1 pick in the draft and it’s one they simply cannot mess up. Cleveland needs both a center a small forward, and if they can send a solid combination of players to Indiana for Roy Hibbert, they will be able to draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker and fill both needs before the start of next season.
As with Cleveland, the Bucks need a center and a small forward. With Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid all as their top options, sending Larry Sanders in addition to some other pieces to the Pacers for Roy Hibbert would allow them to fill the same void as the Cavs by having their two vacant positions filled before next season.
Andrew Bogut is nice, but he is not the answer for the Warriors down low if they want a championship. Even with Bogut, championship-caliber teams bully Golden State inside. The Warriors currently have the best nucleus of talent they will have with Curry, Thompson and Iguodala. Trading for Hibbert would finally give them that strength inside they desperately need.
Outside of Serge Ibaka, the Thunder don’t have a solid presence in the paint and as seen in the Spurs series, they can’t win without it. It’s time to part ways with Perkins, and Sefolosha is probably on his way out of the door. OKC should send the two of them to Indiana and by adding Roy Hibbert, the Thunder will finally find themselves in the NBA Finals again next season.
Although this one is unlikely, it would make a ton of sense for the Spurs. Who knows who the Spurs could trade in exchange for Hibbert, but if Gregg Popovich could have him anchoring the paint next season, it would again make the Spurs title contenders in what could be Tim Duncan’s last season. As for the long term, with some development, a Kawhi Leonard-Roy Hibbert duo would be scary.
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