According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, George Hill is signing with the Sacramento Kings. He is leaving an $80 million for three offer from the Utah Jazz to make less money and play for a non-contender -- one that just drafted phenom point guard De’Aaron Fox - and currently still has Ty Lawson, Frank Mason, and Buddy Hield as ball stoppers.
Free agent George Hill has reached agreement on a three-year, $57M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2017
Smart. At least he’s not on the Los Angeles Lakers, though. Screw those guys.
Last season for the Jazz he averaged 16.9 ppg (career high), 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 spg, and 1.9 3PTM/G (career high). He pretty much had aggregate career highs for shooting as well. Rarely do you find players in their thirties who reach yet another gear in their game. If he can sustain that - and this year was far and away his best season as a pro - more power to him. If he can’t, we’ll call this an outlier influenced by a contract year when the Salary Cap was going up.
Hill is a good player, a solid guy who can make his own shot, shoot around screens, play defense, and misses a lot of games. I wish him all the best. He joins a legion of one-and-one veterans who have played for the Jazz over their careers. (Minutes lost to another franchise, minutes that could have stayed in the franchise had they been given to younger players on longer contacts, like Dante Exum and Raul Neto.) I do not anticipate that Hill leaves behind a great legacy. A good one for sure.
But not great.