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Hibbert is not expected to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Mavericks, the Indianapolis Star reports.

An injury is not believed to be in play, rather it seems coach Frank Vogel is just intent on resting the seven-footer and getting a longer look at some of the team's younger players. Hibbert has totaled 21 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 31 minutes through two preseason games.

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Hibbert will be featured more in the Pacers' offensive attack this season, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Hibbert and fellow big man David West are both set to see an expanded role in an offense that is without top scores Paul George (leg) and Lance Stephenson. Although head coach Frank Vogel did emphasize Monday that it would be a "team attack," this news only bodes well for Hibbert's counting stats in 2014-15. The big man intends to establish himself early in games, with the hopes of staying out of foul trouble and carrying that momentum to the finish. With less offensive weapons to work with than last season, Hibbert should find himself with plenty of opportunities to score in the post.

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Hibbert could see an expanded role in 2014-15, as the Pacers intend to place a greater emphasis on running their offense through him and power forward David West, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Hibbert is typically used largely for his rebounding and shot-blocking prowess, but with the Pacers set for a 2014-15 season without superstar Paul George, the rest of the supporting cast will be counted on to compensate for the 21.7 point per game he leaves behind. The seven-footer averaged only 10.8 points per game last season, but may see an opportunity to increase his offensive contributions as a result of coach Frank Vogel running more of his offense through the big men down low. Hibbert's 2013-14 season will ultimately be remembered for his mysterious playoff disappearance, but with the Pacers currently down a superstar, they'll need their big man present more than ever in 2014-15.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to the defense of Roy Hibbert after some mocking comments came in on a video he posted teaching Hibbert.

"I've been reading your comments and want the fans following us to practice being patient and thinking positive. Good things are happening in the Pacers Fieldhouse. Big men just need other bigs to learn and practice with in order to sharpen their skills. Roy is a hard worker and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play this season." There were lots of positive reports about Hibbert last offseason as he spent time working with the great Tim Duncan, however, he shot just 32.0 percent from 0-3 feet, so the experience didn't exactly translate to success. We're not confident that Hibbert can suddenly have a miraculous turnaround, but it is worth noting that Abdul-Jabbar sees the potential in Roy.

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Roy Hibbert is training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this offseason.

It's unknown what they're going to work on, but conventional wisdom suggests it'll be involving Hibbert developing a post game. His offensive output was a disaster down the stretch and he couldn't even score effectively from within three feet. He'll have to impress for a couple months before the NBA world changes its mind on his offensive ineptitude.

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The Pacers have begun "quietly" shopping Roy Hibbert in trade talks, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

No specific teams or players are mentioned in the report, but it's noteworthy that Indiana is open to dealing Hibbert, whose remaining two years and $30 million don't look great after his disappearing act last season. The Pacers are still in the mix to re-sign Lance Stephenson but their moves in free agency have been minor -- they've retained Lavoy Allen and acquired C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez.

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Larry Bird wants Roy Hibbert to find a Hall of Fame mentor to work with over the summer in an effort to add consistency to the center's game.

The Pacers president of basketball opersations said the Pacers brought in Hall of Famer Bill Walton to work with Hibbert once this season and that he'd like Hibbert to work with somebody like Walton or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this offseason. "Roy's never asked us to go bring someone in," Bird said. "I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that." Hibbert was one of the better big men in the league during the first half of the season before his play tailed off significantly during the second half, so working with someone like Abdul-Jabbar or Walton could help bring confidence to the 27-year-old's game.

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Roy Hibbert made the 2013-14 All-Defensive Second Team.

While Hibbert's offense was certainly sporadic throughout the year, his defense remained a constant. The Pacers had the best defense in the league, and the second best defense against centers. Hibbert was also fourth in the league in blocks, averaging 2.2 per game.

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Roy Hibbert, who had a rough second half and even worse playoffs, is reportedly available for the right price.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports, "There is said to be some thought on both sides...that a fresh start would be beneficial for everyone after the big man's second-half woes." He added, "Hibbert's camp hasn't outright asked for a trade...but word is that it wouldn't exactly oppose." Hibbert sill has two years and $30 million left on his contract, with the second year being a player option. This story should only get more complicated during the summer.

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Roy Hibbert had his second double-double of the playoffs with 10 points, 13 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's Game 5 win.

He hit just 4-of-11 shots and didn't even seem fully tuned into the game late, but still played well enough to help the Pacers win, after not even scoring in Game 4. David West added 19 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block, and the Pacers will need more of the same from the duo for Friday's Game 6 at Miami.