It took some time, but the Indiana Pacers have finally come through to match the Portland Trail Blazers' four-year max contract offer sheet to center Roy Hibbert, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. Hibbert agreed to a four-year, $58 million with the Blazers when the 2012 NBA Free Agency period opened up on July 1.
The Pacers are matching Portland's 4-year, $58 million offer to Roy Hibbert, according to a source— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) July 9, 2012
There was some speculation that the Pacers might not match the offer for the 2012 All-Star center. The contract is certainly rich, and the team had reportedly been looking at Chris Kaman as a possible replacement. The Pacers had until July 14, three days after the NBA moratorium period ended, to match the offer.
Hibbert averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last season, all of which are career highs.