Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/9/11
PHOENIX -- By the end of his fast break through free agency, Grant Hill learned all that Twitters is not gold ... or entirely accurate. During this week's salvo of tweets and full-blown newspaper reports, the 39-year-old small forward was tagged as being thiiiis close to accepting an offer to play for the New York Knicks. "If there was a pecking order," said Hill, who on Friday agreed to a one year contract worth 6.5 million to remain with Phoenix Suns, "they (the Knicks) weren't at the top." Although he did admit the Knicks were "a very viable option," Hill scrolled through the list of reasons why he preferred staying with the Suns (over any other suitor) for a fifth consecutive season. The roll call included his relationship with owner Robert Sarver, franchise management, coaches, training staff, teammates and fans. "It was, ultimately, just liking it here," he said. "It wasn't one thing, it was just a lot of things that played into the decision, and you want to think things through. "I tried to look at everything and -- contrary to what was reported -- there were a lot of offers and situations. Surprisingly, the one that was the most intriguing to me was the one that wasn't reported at all. It was funny and amusing to hear all the rumors. It makes you think some of the stories you heard during the lockout might have been just ..." Right, a few blasts of fiction. It also should be noted Hill isn't exactly keen on divulging the identity of the team closest to hiring him away from the Suns. The Suns are just thrilled to keep him. "It was scary territory to think of not having him back," Steve Nash said during his quick getaway after Friday's workout at US Airways Center. "It would have been devastating to lose him." With Nash registered as devastated, Suns fans and media watchdogs would have been obliged to speculate on how Hill's departure might impact the point guard's interest in staying. We'll continue to be up to our ears in Nash trade rumors (especially if the Suns aren't thriving), but at least Hill figures to be around, helping drag the team to wherever this season's finish line resides. While Nash seemed thrilled to have his pal back in the Phoenix fold, Suns coach Alvin Gentry could be portrayed as, well, giddy. On a day when the Suns made reasonable (based on their current and future cap situations) upgrades by adding free-agent guards Shannon Brown and Sebastian Telfair while waiving Vince Carter and finding a trade partner for Mickael Pietrus, keeping Hill seems like the biggest victory. Jettisoning Carter and Pietrus should translate to more consistent focus on team goals and an upgrade in on-court chemistry. Based on his potential to make 18 million this season, the expected Carter move (paying 4 million to say goodbye) was obvious. Pietrus, who might have been a decent trade-deadline chip with a 5.3 million left on an expiring contract, talked his way out of town and into Toronto, pending a physical exam. The yield -- a conditional second-round pick -- is indication the Suns are going the ol' addition-by-subtraction route. But without Hill, Jared Dudley probably would have been penciled in as the starter at small forward instead of competing with Brown for a shooting-guard spot. Losing potential depth while staring down the gun barrel of a compressed, 66-game schedule is no way to begin a training camp. Another three man might have been courted in the current free-agent-frenzy market, but it wouldn't be easy scoring anyone competent with a one-year offer while the franchise is attempting to marshal as much cap space as possible for this summer. "Sure, you're worried," Gentry said when asked if the swarm of Grant-is-a-goner reports was alarming. "I mean, heck, he had a lot of options ... good options. The fact he chose to stay here is great for us, and I think it speaks volumes about what he thinks about our franchise and how it would be beneficial for him." It benefits the Suns to keep their best on-ball defender and a leader who -- like Nash -- sets an example of professionalism for his teammates. "He's just a real, real important part of our team," said Gentry, citing Hill's locker-room leadership and professionalism. "There's so many things about that were just so important for us to have him back on our team." Hill, who averaged 13.2 points per game in addition to be the Suns' go-to defender last season, also provided staying-put motivation based on unfinished business. "I didn't like the way we ended things last season," he said of the Suns' failure to reach the playoffs. "You want to improve upon that." Not running away from a problem? What a concept. "There were situations where there was more money," Hill admitted. "I just wanted to be here."
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