George Hill was notified that he'd been traded to Utah via voicemail
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George Hill was notified that he’d been traded to Utah via voicemail

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Earlier this month, the Indiana Pacers traded point guard George Hill to the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal that also involved the Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers moved Hill in order to make space for the player they were receiving, Jeff Teague.

It is usually a difficult situation being traded, but it may have been even more tough for Hill because he was notified via voicemail. Seriously.

According to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports, “We had to send you to Utah,” was Pacers president Larry Bird’s message left on Hill’s cell phone.

Hill averaged 12.1 points, four rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game for the Pacers last season. Those are solid numbers, but compared to Teague’s 15.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists, the Pacers were able to upgrade the point guard position.

Indiana has had a busy offseason, adding a lot of new, intriguing pieces to their roster, such as Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, and Aaron Brooks. Not to mention, they replaced Frank Vogel with new head coach, Nate McMillan.

It is clear Larry Bird is doing a decent job improving the roster, but you would expect him to treat an Indianapolis native like George Hill with a bit more respect by at least speaking to him about the trade personally.

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