Clippers eyeing Thunder veteran George Hill
The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly targeting to acquire Oklahoma City Thunder point guard George Hill in a bid to add more depth to their backcourt rotation this season. However, the Clippers aren’t the only ones interested as several unnamed teams also hinted at potentially going after Hill in the near future.
Despite the buzz, the Thunder aren’t necessarily pushing for any trades unless their demands will be met. They will also happily keep Hill’s services if no deal will come to fruition in the coming weeks.
“The Clippers are among teams interested in Hill, sources said. Hill has been a positive veteran player for Oklahoma City, and coupled with the fact that he has another season left on his contract in 2021-22 ($10 million, partially guaranteed), the Thunder are happy retaining Hill into the second half of the season unless a team meets their asking price for the veteran point guard.”
Hill has been on an up-and-down campaign in the 2020-21 season due to his nagging right thumb injury. He has been out since Jan. 24 and is set to be on the sidelines for a couple more weeks. Despite his absence on the floor, Hill is still trying to be around the team as much as possible and mentoring the young guys on their roster.
Through 14 games, the 34-year-old playmaker is averaging 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists this season. Though he isn’t as productive as he was from a year ago, Hill could still serve as a valuable asset for the Clippers or any other team in the league.
The Clippers aren’t in dire need of making significant moves leading up to the trade deadline as they are still going strong with a 25-15 record for the fourth spot in the West. However, taking on a player like George Hill won’t hurt them and might even improve their chances as they aspire to make a strong push come the postseason.