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Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers involved in three team deal


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Yahoo! Sports news guru (and Sid Meier's Civilization style Gandhi with the nukes) Adrian Wojnarowski just reported a three-team trade between the Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, and the Indiana Pacers. Little is known so far, but the main points seem to be moving around some point guards. Jeff Teague is involved, and going to Indy. George Hill is involved as well, and going to Utah. We have no clue what else is happening unless Woj drops some more bombs. I suspect he, or Shams, will.

As this day started, the Utah Jazz had the #12, #42, #52, and #60 draft picks in the NBA Draft. They also had on contract point guards Dante Exum, Raul Neto, Trey Burke; and also have Shelvin Mack on a non-guaranteed contract. After this trade, the principals that we do not yet know, I suspect that a few pieces could be gone from this puzzle beyond the #12.

George Hill is a 30 year old player from Indiana (Gordon Hayward's home state), and has played in eight NBA seasons. He was drafted in the first round, pick 26th back in 2008. Probably most important to us all, is that he was a San Antonio Spurs prospect back in the day, and played for them over three seasons. He has career averages of 11.3 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.2 rpg, 0.9 spg, and shoots 37.6% from downtown. He does need minutes, and even as a rookie with the Spurs got playing time early. (Cookies! Milk! Who knew they could mix?)

Hill can play some defense out there, has a 6'9 wingspan, and as a pre-draftee had some athleticism to him. That was eight years ago. He is a good three point shooter, something our wing-oriented team needs. Does this help give space for Gordon Hayward to lead this team to the playoffs? We will see.

There are clearly more moves yet to be made this off-season for our club, and their now five point guards.

Hill is on the last year of multi-year deal. He is on the books for $8 Million. #ContractYear