Roy Hibbert is opting in to the final year of his contract, source tells Grantland
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 26, 2015
but possibly not for long after the Pacers selected Myles Turner with the 11th pick in the draft:
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
The feeling is probably mutual. Indiana wasn’t shy in backing away from Hibbert in comments made after the season in which Larry Bird and Frank Vogel expressed an interest in playing faster. Hibbert is a sensitive guy and his confidence never totally returned after a turbulent 2013-2014 season that saw the team seem content watching Lance Stephenson flee in free agency.
Once a one-man wall who posed a unique challenge to LeBron James, Hibbert will now be looking for a change of scenery as he approaches turning 29 in December. He’s not an easy guy to just plug into a roster, but one has to think a few teams look at Hibbert thinking they can rehabilitate his career as a low-risk gamble, considering he’ll be an expiring contract.
As for Indiana, this impending roster upheaval is reminder that #lifecomesatyoufast and that this cover may have cursed the franchise: