Cleveland Cavaliers Close to Acquiring George Hill

Cleveland Cavaliers are close to getting a badly needed reinforcement.

George Hill during his time with the Pacers. Photo by Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

According to the ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are close to making a trade with Sacramento Kings which involves guard George Hill. The reports say that the Cavs are willing to give up guard Iman Shumpert and forward Channing Frye in order to get Hill from the Kings. Also, they might need to include a second-round draft pick in order to sweeten the deal.

George Hill turned down an extension offer from the Utah Jazz in the offseason in order to sign with the Kings but has been unhappy with his role and the team’s overall performance. He has been averaging 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in this season for the Kings. The Cavs view Hill as a good addition to their roster due to his defensive abilities and hope he could help their struggling defense. The Cavaliers are currently ranked 29th in the NBA in defensive rating.

In order to make the trade work, Sacramento Kings would have to open two roster spots. The sources are saying that forwards Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere are among the players that could end up being traded away.

George Hill was drafted in 2008 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, who took him with the 26th overall pick. After three seasons, the Spurs traded Hill to the Indiana Pacer in 2011 in exchange for a 15th overall pick in that year’s draft, Kawhi Leonard. After a struggling first season, Hill became a starter for the Pacers and developed into a reliable player. He was traded once again in 2016 to the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal which involved the Atlanta Hawks. After averaging a career high in points (16.9) during his time with the Jazz, Hill decided to reject their contract offer in order to sign with the Kings.