Free agent forward Grant Hill is still considering at least two other teams–the two teams in last month’s Finals, Miami and Oklahoma City–as well as the Lakers as he decides where he’s going to play next season, according to a source with knowledge of the 39-year-old forward’s thinking.
Reports Tuesday indicated that Hill has decided either to play for the Lakers or retire. But the source strongly indicated that Hill has not limited himself to Los Angeles as he makes up his mind. The Lakers emerged as a strong favorite for Hill after they agreed to terms with the Suns last week on a sign-and-trade deal that will send Steve Nash to the Lakers after the end of the July Moratorium on the 11th for four Draft picks and $3 million. But Hill is looking at the Heat and Thunder as well.
Each team has indicated an interest in the veteran, whose defensive skills and leadership are still strong. It is not known if Miami’s interest in Hill was at all affected by its agreement last week to sign guard Ray Allen from the Celtics.
Hill averaged 10.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 minutes a night last season in Phoenix, where he stabilized his career after losing several years to injuries while a member of the Orlando Magic. He had played in 243 out of a possible 246 games over three seasons with the Suns before suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee that needed surgery late in the regular season and caused Hill to miss the Suns’ drive towards the playoffs, which fell short.