Mar 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Phoenix Suns small forward Grant Hill (33) drives between Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) and point guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Clippers Beat Out Lakers for the Services of Grant Hill

You could call Grant Hill a Steve Nash copycat, leaving the Phoenix Suns for Los Angeles, until you see the colors on his uniform. It is a very different Clippers’ franchise than we are used to seeing in the past.

The Los Angeles Clippers now have Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, and Grant Hill on their team. Basically, they are not hurting for leadership in the locker room; I love this move by the Clippers, because they are not going to need much from Grant Hill. If they needed Hill to play starters’ minutes, then I wouldn’t like this move at all. However, he will back up Caron Butler at the small forward position, and bring intensity, leadership, and defense to the Clippers and another talented wing player.

Despite being 40 years old, Hill averaged 10.2 points on 44.6% shooting last season with the Phoenix Suns, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.1 minutes. Those are quality basketball numbers, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Hill’s per 48 minute averages go up next year playing alongside Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups.

Hill had also expressed interest in playing for the Lakers, so this is a double victory for the Clippers who get a former All Start and additionally get to keep him away from their Staples Center sharing rivals.

Tags: Chauncey Billups Chris Paul Grant Hill Los Angeles Clippers

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