The Indiana Pacers were patiently waiting and hoping that their big man Roy Hibbert would somehow forget to opt in to his contract by the deadline this summer. Well, Hibbert actually has a fantastic memory, one that will make him $15,514,721 next season as he elects to opt in to his contract with the Pacers.
The situation wasn’t expected to go this way, as you can tell by the Pacers draft choice of possible stretch big man Myles Turner with the 11th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Roy Hibbert is opting in to the final year of his contract, source tells Grantland
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 26, 2015
Sources say that the Pacers will now try to move Roy Hibbert after Hibbert sent in paperwork to opt into final year of his current contract
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2015
Hibbert on the Pacers is not a great fit right now especially with their new small ball scheme. David West has opted out and he has some big interest in joining the New York Knicks as they are looking to make some big moves for players who might be able to help them immediately.
With Paul George now looking to play power forward, Indiana’s pace is going to be faster with the proper talent in place to do so. Hibbert just doesn’t fit, so hopefully for them they can unload him to a team and get some sort of value back for a former All-Star big man.