With Paul George missing most of last season, Indiana Pacers swingman Solomon Hill was a significant part of the rotation. But now Hill is barely playing, and ESPN’s Marc Stein says the Pacers have made him available via trade.
Hill, the 23rd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in all 82 games last year, started 78 of them and played 29 minutes per game. This season, he’s only appeared in seven games and has averaged just 6.3 minutes in those contests.
The return of George and other offseason acquisitions have cut into Hill’s playing time, but it also doesn’t help that he just isn’t very good. Even though he played big minutes last season, he wasn’t particularly effective, as he shot under 40 percent overall and 33 percent from three.
Hill then had a disastrous performance in Summer League and didn’t do much in preseason either, and the Pacers didn’t pick up his fourth-year team option. Now the 24-year-old barely plays, and it’s hard to see Indiana getting much value in return in any potential trade, but perhaps some other team in desperate need of wing help is willing to cough up a decent asset:
Can confirm @ESPNSteinLine's report about Solomon Hill being on trade block. I'm hearing NOLA Pelicans are among those interested.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) December 5, 2015
The New Orleans Pelicans have been decimated by injuries this season, so they could use another warm body on the wing.