Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, George Hill hoped to stay with the Pacers for a very long time when he re-signed for five years and $40 million back in 2012. But last month, the Pacers traded Hill to the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal to acquire Jeff Teague.
The 30-year-old point guard told reporters on Friday that he planned on finishing his career with the Pacers (via Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports):
It came as a surprise. Last time I checked, I was supposed to retire from Indiana. Very surprising, but I know this is a business and anything can happen. So, I’m not upset about it. I think I’m in a great situation here. I’m here, somewhere where I feel wanted right now.
Hill will be the starting point guard for Utah next season. He brings eight years of experience to the Jazz, who tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the youngest team in the NBA in 2015-16. The average age of the roster last season was 24.1, per NBA.com.
It’s unfortunate that Hill won’t be playing for his hometown team next season, but the good news is he only has one year left on his current deal. After the 2016-17 season, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent and get to choose where he plays next.