Roy Hibbert C LAL 2 months ago

Hibbert will be traded to the Lakers, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports reports.

While the terms of the deal remain unofficial, it appears that Hibbert will become the starting center for the Lakers as he likely plays alongside pseudo-rookie Julius Randle (leg) in the frontcourt. This was probably the best-case scenario for Hibbert since he was slowly getting phased out in Indiana after the Pacers selected Myles Turner in the 2015 NBA Draft. Hibbert will have one year left on his current contract and his value should be rising heading into the new season as he enters a contract year with a new team that desperately needs a consistent frontcourt player.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 2 months ago

Hibbert opted into the final year of his contract with the Pacers on Thursday, Zach Lowe of Grantland reports.

Hibbert is due to make north of $15 million next season in the final year of the four-year, $58.4 million deal he inked prior to the 2012 season. Hibbert averaged 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last season while playing just 25.3 minutes per game. Judging from some of the team's comments this offseason, the Pacers were prepared to move on without Hibbert, whose game is somewhat limiting, as he's unable to stretch the floor and struggles against certain matchups. It will certainly be interesting to see where Hibbert fits next season, especially considering Indiana's selection of big man Myles Turner with the 11th overall pick in Thursday's draft.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 2 months ago

Hibbert should be motivated to perform this coming season after the Pacers selected fellow center Myles Turner in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hibbert is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career after only averaging 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks on 25 minutes per game. It would be surprising if Turner takes over starting duties early on in the season but Hibbert is certainly in danger of getting phased out in Indiana if the rookie lives up to his potential.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 3 months ago

Hibbert statistically had his worst season in 2014-15 since his rookie year. He played in 76 games and averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks in 25 minutes per game. He has a player option for the 2015-16 season for $15 million should he decide to stay in Indiana.

During the Pacers' exit interviews, team president Larry Bird stated his frustrations with Hibbert, saying Hibbert will likely have a reduced role next season should he decide to come back. Bird wants to use smaller and faster lineups, which doesn't bode well for Hibbert's value. Before the All-Star break, Hibbert was the 101st ranked player in 8-category leagues on a per-game basis. However, he fell to 151st after the break, making him barely usable in 10-team leagues. Hibbert will likely see a decrease in minutes should he stay with the Pacers, and his fantasy value is expected to decline as a result.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 4 months ago

Hibbert will see a reduced role if he opts into his contract for next season, Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.

Hibbert has a lucrative, $15.5 million player option for next season, a number he's unlikely to approach on a per-year basis if he were to hit the open market. Pacers' president Larry Bird sounded frustrated with Hibbert's declining production, particularly his pedestrian rebounding for his size. While Indiana would certainly find a role for Hibbert next season, it seems like the team is prepared to move forth without him.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 5 months ago

Hibbert scored 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists and a block in just 16 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Knicks.

The soft Knicks' frontcourt allowed Hibbert to produce decent numbers despite his lack of court time. With Pacers coach Frank Vogel currently splitting minutes in the middle three ways, don't expect Hibbert to turn things around before the regular season draws to a close.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 5 months ago

Hibbert did not score, shooting 0-6 from the field, with five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

Two days after posting a strong double-double against the Rockets, Hibbert puts up this dud of a line. On the surface his 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks this month look good, but his inconsistency is maddening for owners.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 5 months ago

Hibbert recorded a double-double in 32 minutes Monday against the Rockets as he scored 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

The Pacers are trying to make a playoff push and Hibbert is stepping up his game as he is averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over his last three games. He continues to provide value on the defensive side as well as he has at least one block in each of his last 10 games. He might be heating up at the right time for fantasy owners.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 5 months ago

Hibbert posted 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and one block in 35 minutes of action Friday against the Cavaliers.

Hibbert has had a disappointing season, averaging just 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. Still, he's worth owning in standard leagues as a fringe-option.

Roy Hibbert C LAL 6 months ago

Hibbert (elbow) is starting Saturday's contest against the Celtics, the Pacers' official site reports.

Hibbert sat out Thursday due to a minor elbow concern, but his return to the starting five is near. In three outings before the one-game absence, he averaged a measly 3.7 points (on 21 percent shooting), six rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 23 minutes.