Skilled defensively. Versatile. Great work ethic. Those are some of the descriptions commonly used concerning George Hill. Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird watched Hill exhibit those traits on a regular basis during Hill's three years with the San Antonio Spurs. After a couple of years of being rejected by the Spurs, Bird's persistence finally paid off when San Antonio agreed to send the former Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI star back home Thursday night. "I think he is a great addition and he'll help us not only with his defensive ability but his scoring as well," forward Danny Granger said Friday. The Pacers immediately improved their roster when they acquired Hill from the Spurs for draft picks Kawhi Leonard (No. 15 overall) and Davis Bertans (No. 42) and the rights to Erazem Lorbek, who has been in Europe since 2005. "We're a better team tonight than we were yesterday," Bird said after the trade was completed Thursday. "He's a good player we feel we needed. I think he makes us a lot better." The Pacers are pulling out all the stops in welcoming Hill home. They're inviting the public to a news conference inside the entry pavilion of Conseco Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. Monday. "Like I always said, home is home. It was always a dream when I was a kid to play for the Pacers," Hill told San Antonio reporters Friday. "I'm extremely happy about that. I'm looking forward to getting with a lot of the young people there. I think they've got a great core. They're still rebuilding. It's going to be fun." Pacers general manager David Morway had countless conversations over the past couple of weeks with Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey trying to work out a deal.
Bird sought deal for Hill for some time
Indianapolis Star | Jun 25