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Dec 2, 2012 9:18pm
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INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana Pacers have re-signed free agents Roy Hibbert and
George Hill, two key members of their rebuilding project. J.J.
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. Indiana Pacers incoming president Donnie Walsh
had said he didnt want to disrupt the nucleus of a team that went 42-24 and
reached the second round of the playoffs last season. On Friday, he announced
that the Pacers have re-signed free agents Roy Hibbert and George Hill. “Before
the free agent period started, I met with the press and basically said the
biggest priority we have is to keep our own guys, and we are here today to
announce that George and Roy signed contracts to be with the Pacers for quite a
while,” Walsh said to a cheering crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Hibbert, a
fourth-year pro, is coming off an All-Star season, averaging 12.8 points, 8.8
rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game and giving the Pacers a dominant presence at
centre. He says hes happy to be back because the Pacers have “unfinished
business” after losing to eventual champion Miami in the playoffs. “I was pretty
surprised I made the All-Star team,” he said. “If it happens again, thats great,
but Im more focused on winning, rebounding, blocking shots and being a defensive
presence.” Hill was drafted by San Antonio with the 24th overall pick in 2008
and spent his first three seasons with the Spurs. The guard joined Indiana in
June 2011, and has career averages of 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists
per game. The Pacers also said they have signed free agent guard D.J. Augustin,
who averaged 10.9 points and 4.4 assists during four years in Charlotte. The
Pacers also have added Ian Mahinmi, point guard D.J. Augustin and forward
Gerald Green. This comes after the team added centre Miles Plumlee and guard
Orlando Johnson on draft night. Mahinmi came in a deal that sent point guard
Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones to Dallas. Green and Augustin were
free agents. Re-signing Hibbert and Hill gives the Pacers the stability they
sought. Adding Green, Johnson and Augustin gives the Pacers more players who can
attack the basket and score off the bench. Plumlee and Mahinmi give the Pacers
athletic posts who can step in if Hibbert gets into foul trouble. Hibbert has
grown tremendously as a player since the Pacers picked him up on draft night in
2008. He was in and out of the starting lineup under coach Jim OBrien, but once
Frank Vogel replaced OBrien, he flourished. “People told me maybe I could be a
good backup or maybe have a long career, but this organization believed in me,
and its the only place I want to be right now,” he said. Hibberts importance to
the Pacers goes well beyond the court. Hes active in the community and has
become arguably the most popular Pacers player. His Area 55 section of Bankers
Life Fieldhouse is the rowdiest in the building. The Pacers matched an offer by
the Portland TrailBlazers to keep Hibbert. “Portland was on my list of teams
that, if Indiana didnt match, it would have been a pretty good opportunity to go
out there and play,” Hibbert said. “It was pretty serious.” Hill joined the
Pacers after a draft-day deal in 2011 that sent Indiana draft pick Kawhi Leonard
to San Antonio, and he averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game last season.
The Indianapolis native began the season as a productive player off the bench,
then became the starter after Darren Collison was hurt and kept the job through
the Pacers playoff run. “Im just happy to be back, to be a part of this Pacer
team,” he said. “I cant wait to get back with my teammates and get things
rolling.” Hill has high hopes for the Pacers going forward. Last years team had
significant additions in Hill and free agent forward David West, and it came
together quickly with a training camp that was shortened because of the lockout.
“This team can be scary good,” he said. “Weve done good with the progress weve
made here, but it wasnt our goal. To do what we did in a short amount of time –
I think we shocked everyone. To get it back and still have most everyone coming
back and adding some great pieces, I think we can do a lot more, especially with
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. General manager Ben Cherington made the announcement during Saturday nights
game against the Kansas City Royals. According to the Boston Herald, Aceves was
seen storming out of manager Bobby Valentines office after Friday nights game,
when Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season. J.J.
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career may have ended Thursday night, not while basking in the glow of adoring
fans at Yankee Stadium, but in agonizing pain on the outfield grass before a few
thousand fans in Kansas City.The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of many teams that
stays in constant contact with the Anaheim Ducks. Past relationships between the
two clubs encourage consistent communication, but the Leafs are also keenly
aware of the Ducks season of turmoil and the remote possibility Anaheim might
free up a player too good to not get in the game early. On Wednesday, Ducks GM
Bob Murray sparked interest by acknowledging the only untouchable players on his
roster are veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. We were left to assume key
assets such as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and young defenceman
Cam Fowler may be available for the right price. Not so. Firstly, both Selanne
and Koivu are protected by no-trade clauses and its highly unlikely Murray asks
either to waive them.  Secondly, the Ducks arent shopping any of their core
guys, however, if the team doesnt respond namely, Getzlaf, Ryan and Perry, its
not inconceivable one of them will become available, perhaps at the trade
deadline, or more likely, at the NHL Entry Draft. J.J.
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. Although Ryan Getzlaf continues to meander through a
very disappointing season, he is still regarded as one of the premier centres in
hockey. For that reason, most in the hockey world still view Bobby Ryan as a
more likely trade target. Bob Murray insists his team isnt looking to rebuild,
so if a blockbuster comes together, it will only be accepted in Anaheim if it
vastly improves the Ducks playoff chances for next season. In the meantime, we
have weeks, if not months of speculation ahead to analyze these options. ’ ’ ’ 

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