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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.

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Roy Hibbert blamed his scoreless Game 4 performance on coach Frank Vogel's gameplan.

David West had a tempting matchup with Rashard Lewis and he quickly became a focal point of the Pacers' attack in the first quarter. "The game plan really wasn't to utilize me as much," Hibbert said. "Would I like a little bit more touches early on? Yeah. But that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes ... I can't control plays called for me." Vogel blamed Hibbert's ineffectiveness on foul trouble, and it will be interesting to see if he's more involved in the offense when Indiana seeks to avoid elimination on Wednesday.

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Roy Hibbert did not score in Monday's loss to the Heat, adding five boards, one assist, one block and one turnover.

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Roy Hibbert hit 7-of-13 shots for 16 points, but added just two rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's loss to the Heat.

Hibbert was great in Game 2, with 12 points, 13 rebounds, a block and eight offensive rebounds, but never got it going on the glass tonight. Chris Bosh was terrible for the Heat tonight, which helped the Pacers stick around after they blew a 15-point lead, but Hibbert's ineffectiveness in the paint is a big problem for the Pacers right now.

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Roy Hibbert hit 5-of-9 shots for 12 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat.

He may have tweaked his left knee at one point during the game, but played through it. He also hauled in eight offensive rebounds, while this was his first double-digit rebounding performance of the playoffs. Hibbert is a big reason the Pacers were in this game until the end and they'll need him to keep playing well with the series heading to Miami on Saturday.