The New Orleans Pelicans have been having a great offseason, thanks to the selection of Buddy Hield in the 2016 NBA Draft. They were looking for another legitimate scorer and they were able to find him. Now, they are having some success on the NBA free agency market.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Pelicans have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with free agent Solomon Hill.
Free agent forward Solomon Hill has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal with New Orleans, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
Hill was one of the top sleeper free agents on the market and the Pelicans are going to be very happy with this deal. He came on strong at the end of last season and into the playoffs with the Indiana Pacers and his value shot up out of their price range. Larry Bird chose to decline his player option last season, which was a major surprise to many in the media.
Last season with the Pacers, Hill ended up averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He took his game to a new level in the postseason, averaging 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Hill showed off an impressive three-point shooting ability that he hadn’t shown throughout the majority of his career and there is no question that he still has potential to work his way into.
At 25-years-old, Hill will fit nicely as the Pelicans continue their rebuilding process around Anthony Davis.
New Orleans definitely improved with this move and there is no question that Hill will be a nice addition. Hill may not be one of the more hyped up free agents, but he is capable on both ends of the floor.