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Pacers To Keep Roy Hibbert, Match 4-Year, $58 Million Offer Sheet From Blazers

The Pacers are expected to retain Roy Hibbert, matching a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Blazers.

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Pacers May Not Match Blazers' Max Offer To Roy Hibbert, According To Report

The Portland Trail Blazers made the first big splash as the free agency period opened, offering restricted free agent Roy Hibbert a max contract as the clock struck midnight July 1. According to TNT's David Aldridge, the Indiana Pacers are still deliberating whether to match the four-year, $58 million offer sheet the Blazers gave the All-Star center:

Hibbert has improved in each of his four seasons as one of the true centers in the league, culminating in an appearance in the 2012 All-Star Game. But the Pacers and Kevin Pritchard are apparently hesitant to match the max money offered. They had already met with free agent center Chris Kaman as a possible backup plan to losing Hibbert, and have signed guard George Hill to a reported five-year, $40 million contract.

For more on the Blazers, visit Blazers Edge. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows.

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Blazers Offered Roy Hibbert A Max Contract, According To Report

The Portland Trail Blazers and one other unnamed team have offered All-Star center Roy Hibbert a maximum value contract, reports SI.com's Sam Amick. The Indiana Pacers, Hibbert's team of four years, offered less than the max, which would start at roughly $13 million per season.

Amick reports that Hibbert may sign Portland's offer sheet, forcing Indiana to decide whether to match. You would have to believe that Indiana would match, given Hibbert's importance to the club.

Hibbert and Eric Gordon (also seeking the max) are the only two restricted free agents likely to draw contracts at or near the max this offseason. JaVale McGee and Brook Lopez are also expected to come in with high-dollar contracts.

The Blazers are low on centers, but did pick up Meyers Leonard from Illinois in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday.

For more on the Blazers, visit Blazers Edge. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows.

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