Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 7/3/12
The Pacers' offseason has gotten off to a rocky start.First of all, Roy Hibbert got a max contract offer from the Portland Trailblazers -- $58 million for 4 years. Frankly, that stinks.  Not because Roy is likely to leave Indiana because I doubt the Pacers would allow that to happen, but because it means the Pacers will now likely have to offer Roy a similar contract (they can offer as much as $79 million over 5 years), which will take a significant chunk out of the team's cap and its ability to pursue other free agents. And we all know that Roy, as much as he has improved, as rare as he is, and as popular as he is with the Indiana fans, is NOT a max contract player.Roy wants to stay in Indiana, but reports say he is "leaning" towards accepting the Blazers' offer, meaning the Pacers would have 3 days to match it if they want to keep the 7'2" big man. That's likely just a tactic from Roy's agent, who wants to maximize Roy's earnings. I don't think they intend to go to Portland. They just
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