After nine seasons in the NBA and over $70 million in total earnings, Roy Hibbert appears to be calling it a career.
Speaking with TMZ Sports earlier this week, the seven-footer was asked if he still wanted to play.
“I’m good on right now, man. I’m good,” Hibbert replied. “It’s just that it’s time to move on sometimes.”
If this is indeed the end for Hibbert, who is still only 31 years old, he retires as a two-time All-Star and one-time All-Defensive Team selection, earning those accolades even as recently as 2014.
As a traditional back-to-the-basket and shot-blocking big man, he enjoyed a productive run on the Indiana Pacers conference finals teams of the early-to-mid-2010s. However, the game quickly moved towards versatile, fleet-footed bigs with the ability to space the floor and defend the perimeter, rendering Hibbert virtually obsolete. He last played for Denver in the 2016-17 season.
The former Georgetown star averaged 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game for his career. While his descent from near-elite center into total unplayability was both rapid and shocking, at least Hibbert will now have more time to entertain us by posting weird stuff on Twitter.
Tony Parker embarrassed Roy Hibbert so badly on Saturday night that the San Antonio Spurs guard caught himself by surprise.
Hibbert left the game in the first half with an ankle injury after Parker put him on roller skates. Parker drove to the lane and got Hibbert to bite on a shot fake, and Hibbert lost his balance and fell to the floor. Parker was unable to convert the layup, and he later admitted he was “surprised” after making Hibbert look so bad.
Roy Hibbert discovered one way to defend Tony Parker: pic.twitter.com/FEWCTeIKHQ
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) February 7, 2016
Fortunately, X-rays on Hibbert’s ankle came back negative. The only way that play would have been worse is if Parker literally broke the big man’s ankles.
Parker must have been watching what Kawhi Leonard did to J.J. Redick earlier this season (video here). That was ruthless.
The tragedy that took place in San Bernardino, Cali., on Wednesday was an unfriendly reminder that sports can be utterly meaningless in the grand scheme of things. If Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert was trying to articulate that, some would say he failed.
In a tweet expressing sympathy for those who were affected by the shooting that left 14 people dead and several others wounded, Hibbert also decided to mention how the Lakers keep losing.
Despite losing games left and right my heart hurts more for those affected in the #SanBernardino shooting.
— Roy Hibbert (@Roy_Meets_World) December 2, 2015
Not a good look.
We get the point Hibbert was trying to make, but there’s no reason to mention the Lakers or basketball in the same sentence as what happened in San Bernardino. Sometimes athletes are better off saying nothing — like that time Chipper Jones messed up with a Sandy Hook tweet — rather than failing to articulate their thoughts to an audience of several hundred thousand people.
Frank Vogel became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Roy Hibbert was drafted by the team in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft, but it wasn’t until after Vogel took over that the former Georgetown standout became an NBA All-Star.
Despite that, Hibbert’s seems to think it is advantageous for a player to play under a coach who has played in the NBA before. In a recent interview with NBA.com’s David Aldridge, Hibbert revealed that he asked his agent to work to find him a team with a coach who has NBA playing experience.
“I wanted to play for a coach who actually played in the league if I had my own choice,” he explained. “Not to say that Frank [Vogel] wasn’t great. I had some real good times with Frank and we played well. But I told my agent that I possibly wanted to play for a coach that played in the league.”
While Vogel deserves plenty of praise for getting the most out of Hibbert — especially on defense — and putting him in a position to succeed, Hibbert gave a lot of credit to former Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, who played 14 seasons in the NBA.
“Just playing for BShaw, he went through the things that a player has gone through. He had a lot of real good insight to help myself, my game, with other guys on the court,” Hibbert added. “Because he went through those things. And when you had two sets of four games in five nights, he was real with us. He would say, if I’m tired, you’re tired. It’s not a huge thing, but I’m really lucky to be in this position.”
Hibbert got his wish, as the Pacers traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. He’ll now get a chance to play under Byron Scott, who hasn’t exactly turned his playing experience into success with the Lakers.
We know Hibbert had some problems with teammates in Indiana, and he didn’t seem to be taking a shot at Vogel. Still, the take was surprising from a player who was named an All-Star twice under Vogel.
After whiffing on most of their free agent targets, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to make a trade to add some new life to their roster.
Reports say the Lakers acquired center Roy Hibbert in a trade with the Pacers.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers will likely trade picks and players to the Pacers for Hibbert:
Lakers take Hibbert's $15.5M salary into space, likely send combo of 2nd round pick(s) and overseas players rights. @JeffZillgitt first.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015
By shedding Hibbert’s contract, the Pacers will free up $15.5 million in salary.
Hibbert gets a 2.3m bonus that drops LAL room to about 4.7m. Indiana will pay Hibbert the 2.3m
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 4, 2015
Hibbert became a double-double and shot-blocking machine for the Pacers, earning a 4-year, $58 million contract. However, he suddenly turned into a disappointment towards the end of the 2014 season, leading him to be shopped in trade talks. The Pacers kept Hibbert last season and after exec Larry Bird criticized him following the season, they finally decided to trade him.
After having some problems with teammates in Indiana, Hibbert sure can use a fresh start.
The San Antonio Spurs are considered to be a model NBA franchise, even for players who aren’t even on the team. Such is the case for Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who says he texts Tim Duncan for advice.
At the Pacers’ media day on Tuesday, Hibbert revealed that he watched the Spurs in the NBA Finals last season and looks to them for inspiration.
“You just watch how they play and I watched them close,” Hibbert told the Indianapolis Star. “I’m close to Tim (Duncan). We were texting a couple days ago. I’m asking him for advice, just the way they go about their business but yeah, I watched them closely.”
If there’s a team whose model you want to replicate, it’s definitely the Spurs. Their incredible teamwork highlighted by their impressive ball movement led to enormous success last season and a championship.
Not everyone can do what they do, but it’s worth trying your best to see if you can. And if there’s anything Duncan might say to Hibbert, it’s don’t go from an All-Star to non-factor in the same season.
Sporting News’ Sean Deveney quotes a source saying the Pacers are quietly looking to deal Hibbert, who has two years and $30 million left on his contract. Hibbert went from being considered a project when drafted in 2008 to developing into a very strong center and two-time All-Star. However, he started disappearing in March, April and during the playoffs and looked like a totally ineffective player.
The Pacers are trying to re-sign guard Lance Stephenson and reportedly are offering him $44 million over five years. Stephenson has not yet decided his future.
Deveney says the Pacers — no surprise — consider Paul George untouchable, and almost have David West in the same category. If they do trade Hibbert, Deveney says they would prefer to send him to the Western Conference.
Ultimately, what Indiana does depends on what happens with Miami. If the Heat maintain their core or strengthen it, Pacers exec Larry Bird would be motivated to change his roster. If the Heat break up, he might be more inclined to keep the roster intact considering they reached the Eastern Conference finals.
This is a clear example of the Pacers trying to sell low. Maybe some teams will see value in Hibbert, but it’s hard to imagine any team being eager to pay him the $30 million he is due.